In Swahili, Muungano means "togetherness," and it is a guiding principle for the farmers of the Muungano Coffee Cooperative. For many years, the people of Eastern Congo – the Bahunde, Bahavu, Bashi, Batembo, and Rwandan Congolese – were divided by war. Their region destabilized and their families torn apart, in 2009 the 350 founding members of the Cooperative committed to weaving these communities back together and investing in their collective future.
In the following decade, Muungano has grown to over 4300 member-farmers, nearly half of them women. Empowered by their trade, these women are paving the way in a society plagued by gender inequity and violence.