Gitesi Washing Station
Gitesi Project is based around the coffee washing station of the same name, located just outside Gitesi village in the Karongi region of Rwanda. Operated by father and son Alexis and Aime Gahizi, the washing station is part of a radical rebuilding effort in the region following the Rwandan genocide that levelled their village community in the 1990s.
The road for Gitesi has not been easy, but after years of financial tumult, a Technoserve program allowed the Gahizi family to partner with an exporter to both realise and develop the quality of their coffee. This effort brought the station from near-bankruptcy in 2010 to a Cup of Excellence winning facility in 2012.
Today the station produces up to three containers of top-quality, traceable coffee each year, and is an important source of support for the surrounding community of smallholder farmers.