"Women often do not believe in themselves, and they lack self-confidence. That is why we at Nova are focused on producing coffee that can support people with work, opportunity, and community."
Women are critical to the Rwandan coffee industry across all levels; from working as coffee pickers, graders and sorters, to owning and managing coffee farms and washing stations.
Young girls without money are vulnerable, and can be taken advantage of. Nova wants to reduce their risk of sexual abuse, drug abuse and violence. Agnes wants them to be able to afford essentials so they can take care of themselves.
Agnes also helps married women with a second income so families can move forward and get ahead. Agnes knows that supporting women not only benefits the ladies, as “Once the ladies are well off, the whole nation is well off!”