UGANDA - Kapchorwa area on the Elgon Mountain
At an altitude of nearly 2.000 meters above sea level, on the rarefied volcanic heights of Elgon Mount, was founded the Kabeywa United Coffee Farmers Association (KUCOFA), a manufacturer of wonderful special arabica. The association joins the two great tribes of Bagisu and Sabiny.
The KUCOFA offices are located on the spectacular slopes of Mount Elgon, in eastern Uganda, a few kilometers from the suggestive Sipi waterfalls. The village of Chemuron, in Kabeywa sub-county, in Kapchorwa District, as well as being the headquarters of the association, gave birth to Stephen Kiprotich, the common wealth gold medal winner of 2012 and 2014.
The community of Kabeywa has a total population of about 5,800 households. The rural population of the Kabeywa use to mix and eat matoke, corn, beans and yams. With love and devotion, combined with hard work, the small owners of Kabeywaonly collect red ripe cherries, the best cherries, and filter them; then it is taken away the pulp from them and they are fermented to remove the mucilage, washed and dried. this process keeps intact the intrinsic value and generate a shared value with community and customers.
To produce and sell high-quality arabica coffee that comes from small producers of Elgon Mount is always been the goal of KUCOFA: the Kabeywa Coffee Farmers Association was founded in 2004 with 15 members, that was required to pay a membership fee: this allowed the farmers to accumulate their savings and to undertake a collective growth path.
The association - founded under the name of Kabeywa United Youth Organization - continued to work with this formula until 2007, when it joined to NUCAFE (National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises), an umbrella organization of coffee Ugandans farmers, who increased the value trough the Farmer Ownership Model. By doing so, NUCAFE supported and made possible to the farmers the access to the crucial points of value chain, to direct trade and to the best prices for their coffee, especially with the Omukwano Project (here the link to Facebook page), which allowed them to collaborate directly with Caffè River.
Thanks to the work of the President of Wojambuka Solomon Sam Association and of the Administrator of Walimbwa Alex Namsoko, KUCOFA increased the number of the members from 15 of the foundation to the current 538 families.