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About the Founder

Born amidst the vibrant landscapes of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rebu Burubwa embarked on a journey that transcended borders. In 2007, seeking refuge from the political and civil tumult of his homeland, Burubwa and his family found solace in the welcoming embrace of Sweden. As the roots of his life intertwined with European soil, a vision sprouted.

Witnessing an opportunity to sow positive change, Burubwa envisioned a venture that could breathe life into the agricultural heart of the DRC. A harmonious collaboration unfolded as he joined forces with affiliated cooperatives, aiming to vanquish the challenges burdening farmers in the wake of political unrest and conflict.

Beyond mere economic aspirations, Burubwa championed a cause close to his heart – the promotion of environmentally friendly farming practices. In cultivating this vision, he sought not only to yield high-quality products but also to safeguard the very essence of our planet, nurturing a balance between prosperity and the well-being of our shared home.

The First Project
The Women’s Clinic

Rutasoka first began as a firm that sought to help address the maternal mortality rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as the DRC. The decline of the maternal mortality rate in the DRC continues to evoke numerous inquiries. According to a study done by BMC, the maternal mortality rate was approximately 620 deaths per 100,000 live births. Among these deaths, 46% were linked to mothers delaying their decision to seek healthcare promptly, known as the first delay.

Armed with these statistics, we established a clinic in May 2017 in Uvira province, aiming to address the maternal mortality rate in the DRC. Although the path has been challenging, our clinic has provided essential care to women in the region, contributing to the well-being of the community. The clinic also played a pivotal role in our commitment to job creation, marking the beginning of Rutasoka as a company. Click here for more information (it is at this point we can add a video to show more about the clinic.

Traid not Aid

But Rebu wanted to do more…

Coffee production in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a long and complex history. The country was once a major coffee exporter in Africa in the 1970s, but civil wars and political instability from the 1990s to the present day have had a huge impact on the industry. As a consequence, the DRC went from exporting 120,000 tonnes of coffee per annum in the late 1970s to just 10,000 a year by 2002. 

This knowledge allowed Rebu to identify where the need was greatest. Coffee, agriculture, and imports became the key tools for building a business model that connects small scale farmers with the Swedish market.