Bèkske coffee has a simple but clear mission: empowering women in Rwanda. The way we do this, is:
- with quality coffee as a basic product;
- with as much local impact as possible;
- in a sustainable way;
- and in a transparent way.
We believe in the power of women. They want the best for their families and are the cornerstone of society. As entrepreneurs, they are real agents of change, making the difference. With Bèkske, we focus on female coffee entrepreneurs in the south of Rwanda. Women who grow and process the coffee in rural Rwanda. In doing so, they play a pioneering role, because worldwide it is mainly men who work on coffee plantations. The Rwandan women that Bèkske is supporting, are all survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi. Most of them have also survived sexual violence. Although the women in our empowerment program have experienced a terrible period in human history, resulting in great losses, trauma and poverty, coffee entrepreneurship offers them a hopeful future. Supporting Bèkske ensures that we contribute to their social and economic independence. This enables these resilient women to restore their self-esteem and (re)take their place in society. And that increases the chance of a better backpack for both the community in which they are active and the next generation. The women (and indirectly also the men) who are included in the program and the community, are fully aware of this.