KBQB - Koperasi Baitul Qiradh Baburrayyan
KBQB officially registered with the government in 2002, with 600 members, but due to the ongoing civil war, the cooperative remained relatively dormant throughout its early years. The conflict between the Indonesian government and the “Free Aceh” rebels from 1976 to 2005 claimed many lives and had a negative impact on the social and economic development of the region. KBQB has helped create stable market access for its members to revive the coffee industry after the civil war. In 2006 the members received their first organic premium, and the cooperative began to grow dramatically, to more than 5,000 members. In October 2007 KBQB became Fair Trade Certified. Through Fair Trade, KBQB has developed rapidly and recently bought the coffee processing factory they formerly rented in Takengon. This factory creates employment for community members of Takengon and has become one of the big coffee factories and a main buyer in the area.
Today, KBQB is known by buyers for producing a quality cup of coffee that is 100 percent certified organic. The cooperative has maintained long-standing relationships with various buyers in the international market, showcasing the farmers’ reliability and valued standards of quality production.
The greatest benefit of this investment was to fulfill the basic needs of members such as food and agricultural tools. The impact of the new road is that the community can now access public facilities such as the community center. ”
Armiyadi Aman Agro, Secretary
Increase Farmer Prosperity
KBQB invested $714,441 of the premium in the construction of roads, in order to more easily deliver coffee. The premium was also used to purchase harvest equipment, build community facilities, and to support producers’ livelihoods.