The Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development is partnering with Kivu Cooperative Society of coffee Planters and Innovators (CPNCK) to provide sustainable income to families in Eastern Congo as part of its program to integrate sustainable tourism and environmental conservation for community development. Under the program called “Gorilla Coffee Conservation,” two organizations are identified to provide training to local farmers and provide other technical support in coffee production to promote coffee growing in targeted regions.

The program is also aimed at promoting the revival of coffee growing in the eastern DRC as a means of alleviating poverty in a region that is infamously known for incessant conflicts, which have affected many communities and rendered them financially vulnerable. Tourists will also have a chance to visit local farmers, taste, and buy locally produced coffee, thereby improving the standards of living for several families.

The land around Lake Kivu grows naturally good coffee, which holds the promise of a sustainable livelihood for the coffee farmers. CPNCK is a non-profit organization based in Goma, which is dedicated to protecting the mountain gorillas through encouraging the locals to grow coffee. The Gorilla Conservation Coffee project is intended to protect the endangered mountain gorillas, which were previously poached for various reasons.

The project targets communities like Idjwi Islands and the land around Lake Kivu known for naturally good coffee. This project promises a better future for coffee farmers. It also hopes to develop a global brand which will provide sustainable financing to local farmers and most importantly act as an avenue to protect the mountain gorilla through offering income opportunity to local families.

Botanical Garden

Our botanical garden, found near Volcano National Parks, is mainly used for plant conservation. Training in horticulture and cultivation skills to enable us to grow plants that face extinction, restore and rehabilitate degraded habitats, maintain a living store of genetic diversity, which will help in supporting different activities in environmental conservation and research, act as seed banks to safeguard species, help conserve indigenous and local knowledge, and encourage the sustainable use of plant resources for the benefit of all, as part of a sustainable development program.

The tree seedlings are carefully selected to balance between preservation and conservation of the local species and commercial viability. Environmental conservation is key in our program priorities and so, tree planting.

IGIHOHO Support Cooperative (ISC)

Forests are essential for the well-being of nature and our mother earth. They stabilize the climate and water levels, help in storing solar energy, prevent soil erosion and reverse the effects of greenhouse gasses. Apart from providing habitation for plants, animals, birds and the general wild, forestry is a source of employment. IGIHOHO Support Cooperative promotes sustainable forest management, which balances social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today’s requirements while guaranteeing our forests for future generations.

Deforestation leads to limited forest covers, and degraded ecosystems. Forest covers in developing countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC are declining at alarming rates, leading to various environmental catastrophes like drought, floods, landslides, and adverse weather disparities among others. IGIHOHO Support Cooperative has formulated different programs to mitigate the consequences of deforestation. We involve the youth in income generating activities and innovative solutions for social and economic development.

Furthermore, we not only teach the community the importance of agro-forestry but also have developed a plan where the community around the Volcanoes National Park can benefit from modern agricultural techniques.

Quick Impact Project

The Quick Impact Project is an interactive and conversational model for the communities to brainstorm about new innovations that will have a positive impact on the environment. It’s in its infancy stage under the Igihoho Support Cooperative (ISC). This is one of the strategies of cohesive action in stimulating green tourism within the local community.

Conservation Credit Financing

We work to establish a network of conservation credit financing institutions that will provide an opportunity for access to credit and satisfy the demand for rural financing through providing a wider range of financial services tailored to the local needs.