The Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU) in Tanzania is the oldest Fairtrade cooperative in Africa. The cooperative and its members have continuously improved their productivity and quality, and supported development in the community through Fairtrade.
- Our first photo shows bags of coffee at the Bukop Ltd dry mill, in Bukoba, Tanzania, purchased by KCU using Fairtrade Premium money.
- Farmer Alfred Wincheslaus harvest coffee on his farm, in Katare in the Bukoba region of north Tanzania. Wincheslaus sells his coffee via KCU. Here Alfred dries coffee beans on his farm.
- John Kanjagaire is KCU’s enigmatic Export Manager.
- Advventina processes organic coffee at the Buhendaugabo Primary Cooperative Society, a member of the KCU. Olivia Mwombeki, aged 53, is a KCU Field Officer.
- Celestina Kalongo Wincheslaus in her family’s banana plot. She and her family sell their coffee via KCU.
- Roaster Emlon Katabaco with the roasting machine at The Tanica instant coffee factory, in Bukoba, Tanzania. The factory is part-owned by the KCU thanks to Fairtrade Premium funds. KCU markets Fairtrade coffee throughout Eastern Africa, in addition to its exports.
- Students from the Hekima Girls Secondary School in Bukoba, Tanzania. The school has benefitted from Fairtrade premium money raised through the Kagera Cooperative Union.
- KCU members at the Buhendaugabo Primary Cooperative Society welcome visitors to their cooperative.
Read more about KCU in a blog post by Fairtrade Chief Executive Harriet Lamb here. All photos by Matt Crossick