Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union (OCFCU)
The Fairtrade price and additional premium have enabled Oromia to establish various social and productive programs. They have also enabled them to increase sales and revenue every year since becoming Fairtrade.
EducationMember cooperatives have built 15 schools and 42 additional classrooms with the Fairtrade Premium.
Productive InvestmentOCFCU finances training given to member farmers in sustainable farming methods by development agencies. OCFCU’s coffee is forest-grown, organic, and bird-friendly. Member cooperatives have invested in washing stations to process members’ coffee, and OCFCU has developed a fund for repairing their equipment. OCFCU has provided loans to five member co-operatives to purchase eco-friendly machines to prepare washed coffee. The co-operative also encourages and supports members to intercrop coffee plants with citrus fruit and bananas for consumption, and has distributed 200 beehives to members.
EnvironmentOCFCU provides training for its members on organic farming techniques such as composting the by-products of coffee production and utilizing shade trees and natural fertilizers.
Credit ProgrammeOCFCU is the biggest shareholder in the Co-operative Bank of Oromia, which it co-founded in 2006. This has enabled member co-operatives to easily access loans, which is vital in enabling them to purchase members’ coffee and provide other services.
HealthOCFCU has funded the construction and operation of four local health clinics and has also established 56 clean water supply stations for coffee growing communities.