SCFCU - Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
SCFCU supports farmers by developing producer/buyer linkages, directly exporting members' coffee to the international market, facilitating access to finance for the harvest, and through capacity building, training, and education programs. They have successfully increased farmers' share of the price received for the coffee, all the while contributing to improvements in quality for Ethiopian coffee as well as the socioeconomic well-being of farming communities.
According to their General Manager, "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."
Construction of Schools
The Shilicho Cooperative, located in the Dara district, constructed three schools. This project benefits 1,200 elementary school students.
The Telamo Cooperative used their Fair Trade Premium to build a warehouse for coffee storage.
The Lela Honcho Cooperative invested the majority of their Fair Trade Premium in the construction of a rural road .This project benefits over 1,500 local residents of the five administrative districts.