The story of the Rwandan Pygmies is one of the gradual marginalization of a once-populous people. Originally hunter-gatherers in the forests of Rwanda, the Pygmies' traditional culture and way of life differ dramatically from the mainstream, causing a history of conflict and resulting in a very real threat to their extinction. This conflict even manifests in their identity as a people. Following the Rwandan genocide of 1994, all ethnic identification (even self-identification) was outlawed - leading the Batwa Pygmies to rename themselves the 'Community of Potters' in order to gain recognition by the government; because many had become potters after they could no longer hunt or forage.
We rely on an international team of talented, passionate volunteers to make this work happen, ensuring that all profits, after expenses, can be donated for the reconstruction and development of Rwanda, through our non-profit Pygmy Survival Alliance. No other coffee company can say the same.
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