Gitesi is a private washing station owned and run by a father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. The washing station was built in 2005 and began processing coffee in 2006. It is located in the Gitesi sector in the Western Province of Rwanda.
They have very strong relationships with the farmers in the local community. There are over 1,800 coffee farmers who deliver cherry to Gitesi. There is a bonus system based on performance, which is paid out to the farmers at the end of the year. This 2nd payment is depending on what the parchment is sold for and gives the farmer a good incentive to increase the quality on the farm.
They also setup distribution of cows to local farmers every year to provide an alternative income stream, and a source of organic fertilizer. The first born calf of each of these cows is then given to another farmer. This helps to distribute more cows to more farmers and unifies the farming community.
Being the younger generation, Aime is the real star of the show at Gitesi washing station. Always trying to push their production and infrastructure to the next level. Having a degree in engineering he created a comprehensive water purification system, which also models for other washing stations. This is the first year they did a natural process and with great success.
Region| Western Provence
Process | Natural