Kopama is a soybean production cooperative based in the Rwinkwavu sector, in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, that has benefited from improved inputs and training. Last season, Kopama, which has a total of 31 members (18 men and 13 women), produced soybean seeds on a plot of nine hectares, from which they harvested nearly 20,000 kilograms of soy. This dramatically improved the yield sold for profit, allowing the cooperative members to pay for health insurance and school fees for their children and to renovate their homes. They also learned how to make milk from soybeans, which helps them fight malnutrition in children under 5 years old. Kopama plans to continue to scale up their cooperative, and has purchased two additional plots of land on which they intend to build their headquarters.
July 9, 2012