First own dry mill
Cococa is an association made up of 33 Burundi coffee farmers' cooperatives. They employ a total of 27,000 people. The Belgian social investor Kampani has now decided to support the association. Kampani invested 193,000 euros in a coffee processing plant with its own dry mill, which opened in January 2016. This was necessary due to Cococa’s difficult position in the market, says Wouter Vandersypen, Kampani's CEO. "A lot of farmer's cooperatives are too small for the big players, and too large for microfinancing. This was the case with Cococa."
The production site will be called Horamama, and will be the first in Burundi to have its own dry mill. Before, people had to rely on third parties to process and stock the coffee beans for export. Now, they fully control this process themselves.