Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has launched the first fairtrade coffee produced solely by women in Rwanda to be on sale at a major retailer in this country.
The Kopakama Ejo Heza ground coffee carries a premium to support women growers, many of whom were affected by the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
Many of the co-operative's 247 women lost their husbands in the violence and now work on a communal farm.
The first harvest has gone into Sainsbury's Taste the Difference coffee.
Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury's brand, said: "Kopakama Fairtrade coffee illustrates the vital role women play in agriculture across the world and especially in Africa, where 66% of smallholder farmers are women.
"I'm glad that the hard work of the Ejo Heza project, known as 'better tomorrow', resulted in the launch of such a great coffee."
Leonille Mukankwiro, a Kopakama member, said: "My husband was a member of the co-operative and so the coffee cherries were delivered to Kopakama in his name.
"Every year when we got paid we would fight - I didn't know how much money we got or how it got spent. So I decided to become a member myself, in my own right. Things are much better now. Having control over the income is a big improvement for me and the family."