Kangunu Farmers’ co-operative society limited was registered by the commissioner for cooperative development just over 21 years ago. The society has one factory currently with 1,700 active members.
The factory is receiving assistance from one of partners at origin, Dormans’ Coffee Management Services (CMS). Their long term goal is to increase coffee production through farmer training, input access, Good Agricultural Practice seminars, and a sustainable farming handbook updated and distributed annually.
CMS aims to establish a transparent, trust based relationship with the smallholder farmers, helping to support long-term industry growth in Kenya, and premium prices to farmers, and premium quality for coffee drinkers.
Farmers have access to pre-financing, easing cashflow to cover school fees and farm inputs. The factory manager is re-trained every year, and field days are held to connect government and experts with farmers.