Chantal Binwa

Chantal Binwa

Coordinator , AFPDE asbl

Zaire

I’m the president of a women cooperative involved in coffee cultivation and president of IWCA DR CONGO Chapter. I’m living in DR CONGO South Kivu Province, Uvira city. Our members are cultivating Arabica and Robusta coffee. However they are facing many difficulties in their agricultural activities. They ignore good agricultural practices, they don’t have access to good quality of seeds, and they have no access to loans and have difficult to have access to the coffee market.
According to these difficulties the women’s coffee production is very less and women involved in coffee are living in the very hard situation. Our organization and me are working hard for changing this situation and improving the living conditions of women in coffee in our country.For that, I hope that if I attend the FORUM, it can bring the change in my life and in my communities.
I will take this presence at the forum to exchange with other women who will be present there in order to know what they do in their countries and at my returning back I’ll come to implement them here.
In addition to that, I will visit farms, processing units, learn their farming and processing techniques and I’ll return back here I’ll put them in practice. I’ll also ask some good quality of coffee seeds and I’ll try to use them here in order to improve coffee production.
For that, I am sure that that when I’ll return back the experience leant from the forum will improve my living conditions and those of all the women’s members of our chapter.