KSU Arinagata - Koperasi Serba Usaha Arinagata
“What’s most important about Fair Trade is the transparency it requires between the producer, the exporter, and the importer, particularly in regards to contracts, pricing, and the premium.” ”
Ara Siberani, GENERAL MANAGER
The Fair Trade premium allowed KSU Arinagata to invest in organizational strengthening activities such as coffee promotional materials and industry events, as well as facilitating costs associated with member meetings and internal certification inspections.
KSU Arinagata members voted to create a social fund. This fund covers distribution of essential foodstuffs such as rice, palm oil, and egg. The fund also covers contributions to community sports tournaments, the building of a village library, road construction, humanitarian aid, and natural disaster relief.
Productivity & Quality
Thanks to the Fair Trade premium, KSU Arinagata was able to invest in important quality- and value-add infrastructure, including land to build a storage facility, a cupping lab, a coffee roaster, and a demonstration plot. KSU Arinagata was also able to conduct various trainings including cupping for employees, basic coop finance, and a workshop for the coop board on certification. When board members and employees are more aware of standards and quality, a cooperative can more easily succeed.