Rwanda - the second smallest country in Africa - has a reputation as one of the cleanest places in the world. Travelers notice the tidiness and greenness of the landscape, which did not come by chance.
Single-use plastic bags have been banned since 2008 and a ban on plastic packaging materials was instituted shortly thereafter.
Rwanda's constitution includes points about protecting and safeguarding the environment and these are realized by efforts to increase forest coverage to 30% of total land area and a National Day of Community work called Umuganda.
Umuganda means 'coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.' It is the last Saturday of each month from 8am-11am and all citizens are obligated to participate.
While a ministry oversees the program, it is largely the community that plans, organizes, and ultimately reaps the benefits of Umuganda. Other positive impacts of Umuganda are a sense of unity and pride, giving citizens a voice in how their environment should be shaped, and providing an opportunity for interaction and socialization.
Flavor notes: Cococa, Sugar cane, Black tea
Altitude: 1500 meters / 4500 ft
Rainforest Alliance Certified beans