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.
We have always wanted our own office space. It is important to us as a cooperative to be able to meet, share ideas, and work under the same roof. It gives us a great sense of pride to have something of our own. ”
Fair Trade will help us build a communal place of worship. It will help us express and share our religious beliefs with other members of the community. ”
New Offices to Conduct Business
In the past, the cooperative has always rented office space for their members. This has proved to be very costly and time consuming. With Fair Trade premiums, the cooperative has been able to purchase their own land on which they will build offices. Designated office and warehouse space provides members with a place to conduct business. In the near future, they also hope to build a place of worship.
Processing Equipment and Protective Gear
To help alleviate producers from some manual labor, KBQB provided engine-run equipment and protective gear to member producers. Eighty two producers from Merah Mege Bukit Mulia received new production gear including protective boots, and twenty three producers from Ujung Gele received engine-run farming equipment.