COOKKANZ stands for Cooperative Kawa Kanzuru. In local language, Kawa Kanzuru means
“white coffee”, white for the colour of the snow standing on top of mount Ruwenzori a pride of
the region, and white also for the excellent process that makes the coffee so clean and of high
quality. The mount Ruwenzori is located at the border between DR Congo and Uganda and
culminates at 5109m above sea levels. The coffee farms and washing station stand all around in
the region between 1100 and 1600m above sea level. The Kawa Kanzuru Cooperative was
launched in 2014 by international NGOs and local coffeemakers to improve the situation of the
conflict-affected coffee sector in eastern Congo. The civil wars in the North Kivu region, which
have been going on since 1996, have considerably weakened the agricultural sector and thus
contributing to the coffee industry, nearly destroyed the livelihoods and working conditions of
many thousands of farmers.
Thus, the cooperative was founded to help improve infrastructure in North Kivu, with the
Kawa Kanzuru Cooperative operating over 25 central washing stations, a nursery and a farmer
school, where farmers can take advantage of continuing education and training.