About the co-op: Located on the shores of Lake Kivu in the eastern region of DR Congo, SOPACDI was founded in 2003 and started exporting coffee in 2008. At 1460 – 1900 meters above sea level, SOPACDI is situated in an ideal region to grow high quality coffee. Congo gained independence in the 1960s. Soon after, the country destabilized and was torn apart by constant conflict and civil war for the next several years. Although the situation remains unstable today, many farmers are looking to rebuild their lives through agriculture and have formed cooperatives to help them do so. As of 2018, SOPACDI has 11,493 farmer-members, all of whom are Organic Certified.