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Our coffees are mainly Arabica’s.
They are produced by farmers drawn from across the length and breadth of the Rwenzori mountain ranges.
One of the most distinct geographic aspects that affect a coffee’s quality and taste is elevation. Higher elevations produce hard, dense beans that are more sought-after than beans grown at lower elevations. Hard beans are of a higher quality than soft beans, because they have a higher concentration of sugars, which produce more desired and nuanced flavours.
We aim to achieve great value for our small holder farmers who are the key stakeholders.
The strength and cohesion of our network has enabled us to partner and work successfully with an MFI (Micro Finance Institution) which provides affordable unsecured credit to all the farmers most of whom are unbanked. Lack of credit for coffee farmers leaves them vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation.
By leveraging the data collected from farmers for purposes of traceability and rural agricultural credit-scoring, it has been possible to provide unsecured agricultural loans of between $200 to $1,100 to more than 2,000 farmers in our supplier network so far through mobile telephone technology. This has served as an effective means to drive much needed rural financial access.
Financial inclusion provides a route for the farmers to manage their finances better in a country where only one in six citizens has a bank account.
Our farmers greatly appreciate our support to empower them and improve their livelihoods through their coffee. We continue to work with a number of partners to achieve this and through our model we are steadily raising the awareness of their coffee.
Our coffee is 100% Traceable which is possible through our links with the farmers formed into different village co-operatives.
These organized village co-operatives or farmer groups are located across the mountains and facilitate easy sensitization, training and extension work and constitute an organized and formidable production force.
Each of the current 32 village co-operative’s is a fully constituted business entity, registered as a CBO (Community Based Organisation) operating at the parish level. They have between 30 to 100 farmers and are spread over 9 different sub-counties across the length and breadth of the Rwenzori mountains ranges.
This network constitutes a dedicated 3,000 strong supplier network of small holder farmers for fresh Arabica red cherry with each of these groups operating out of a designated village hub.
The hubs manage a process of registration of these village co-operatives and collection of pertinent data from each individual farmer including age, exact location where the farmers are found, number of coffee trees, acreage under coffee, expected seasonal output from each farmer etc.
Our vision is for the development of coffee in our area and to also consolidate our sustainable coffee business model, premised on the four pillars of traceability, quality, productivity enhancement and financial accountability.
These factors have already greatly contributed to the improvement of post-harvest ethics and to the quality of the coffee that is produced and will ultimately ensure that all coffee produced is traceable to its source.
Traceability is a key attribute in the 21st Century global economy and ensuring quality and traceability will guarantee premiums for farmers.