Mkulima Kwanza AMCOS is a co-op started in collaboration with Communal Shamba LTD, a social enterprise founded solely by young Tanzanians. The co-op have sought to differentiate by consolidating and streamlining the traditional value chain for smallholder coffee production, as well as through pioneering processing techniques to diversify their offering and open new markets.
Communal Shamba works with several farmer’s groups (known in Tanzania as Agricultural Marketing Co-operative Societies, or AMCOS’) in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania, Mbeya Region, Mbozi District. This year, with our collective help, Communal Shamba paid the highest cherry price in the region almost 80% higher than the standard local market price 2,200. Communal Shamba have engaged in several community projects such as rehabilitating the local school and a broad scope health project tackling (including lobbying staffing, clean water storage, computers, refrigeration and sterilizing units.
Ripe cherries are carefully sorted to select the highest quality and then dried in the sun on raised African beds for an average of 14 days.