Kabeywa United Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society comprises of 12 farmer groups who have elected a board to run the affairs of the organisation.
The decision making process is done by the Executive board members headed by the Chairperson, who is answerable and accountable to all activities of the organisation.and as easy as possible for our members.
Kabeywa United Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (KUCOFAS) is a combination of several farmer groups that deal in the production, bulking and marketing of quality coffee.
It started with 15 members in 2004 and has expanded to over 500 farmers (members) currently composed of 12 registered groups with greater potential of more members joining, the founder members being Mr. Wojambuka Solomon (Chairperson) and Mr. Gibogi James Wosukira, the Secretary among seven board members.
Actual coffee production started in 2007/2008 with a total production of 16 tonnes of coffee parchment and this has tremendously increased over the subsequent years.
There is greater potential for better and larger quantity of quality coffee if more capital is invested in the production, purchase/bulking and payments of farmers’ coffee as soon as they bring it to the cooperative society. This will motivate more farmers that have not subscribed to the cooperative society. Advancement of the modern technological equipment like the eco-pulpers to quicken the pulping process, washing station, green house establishment, a mini coffee test laboratory inclusive of mini coffee roaster.
At this time, we are seeking additional equity capital to complement our own investments as well as those from partners. We have firm commitments to produce and supply several high quality coffee, beverage products and have verbal and written commitments from several partner organisations who are great clients/customers throughout the East African community to buy our products. We look forward to having foreign markets like Europe, Asia, America among other continents as our quality greatly improves and quantity to meet the immense demand worldwide.
We will expand production/sales capacity from 1,200/60Kg bags of coffee parchment per year to 1,500-2,000/60Kg bags per year.
Our coffee stands out from that of the competitors, having been ranked as the best during the coffee world cup competition in Nairobi in 2014 and thus leading in East Africa.
Our customers seek our product as it provides them with the coffee for the speciality roasters locally and internationally.
Increase production and sales of 16 tonnes a year to approximately 72 tonnes per year in the first year of operation on acquisition of new facility and more farmer trainings and reach approximately 120 tonnes per year by year three.
KEY ADVOCACY ISSUES
The highest organ is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that is mandated to hold a meeting once in a year. The board is the next level of governance which runs the activities of the organisation on behalf of the members. Below the board are the management staff who run the activities of the organisation on a daily basis. The management team is headed by the General Manger who is answerable to the Board.
KUCOFAS is organised into three functional areas; Production, sales and marketing, and Finance and Administration.