SCFCU - Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
The benefits of Fair Trade and other certifications cannot be overstated. With price premiums, farming communities are able to feed themselves and invest in new infrastructure such as roads, grain mills, schools, access to electricity, bridges, and other much-needed facilities. ”
Berhanu Legesse, General Manager
Productivity & Quality
With the Fair Trade premium, SCFCU was able to invest in essential coffee production infrastructure like roads and bridges. These key investments allow coop members to more swiftly bring their product to the washing stations. Roads and bridges also benefit the community at large through basic transportation capacity.
In 2015 SCFCU members were trained on productivity and quality. SCFCU also used the premium to purchase and renovate coffee processing machinery.
SCFCU invested the premium in establishing electricity infrastructure in member communities. This not only serves to improve the livelihoods of members and their families, but also minimizes deforestation as less firewood is needed.