- Cooperative: Mkulima Kwanza
- Organisation: Communal Shamba
- Origin: Tanzania
- Region: Songwe, Mbozi District
TRADING SMALL COFFEE GROWER’S GOODS FOR GOODNESS OF TANZANIA’S FARMING COMMUNITIES
Mkulima Kwanza is a Co-operative of smallholder coffee growers in the Songwe region of Southern Tanzania creating social change through quality coffee.
The Co-operative was established in 2017 in partnership with Communal Shamba, a social enterprise working with coffee growers throughout Tanzania’s Southern Highlands.
By growing and processing great quality coffee together as a community, Mkulima Kwanza have been able to get better prices for their coffees which creates a higher income for member farmers and their families. Profits generated through the sale of coffee are reinvested into the local community. They are used to improve local maternal health facilities, developing infrastructure at the nearby Ihowa Primary School and creating local employment, with over 50 jobs being generated in 2020 alone.
By working together and focusing on producing amazing coffee, Communal Shamba and Mkulima Kwanza are creating long term social change for Southern Tanzania’s coffee growing communities.