Coffee corporative funds community projects from earnings

The Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC) is initiating much needed community projects in the Okapa District in the Eastern Highlands Province from premium income received through coffee sales overseas.

A women and her children from Irafo village in the Okapa District can now fetch clean water near the village rather than traveling miles - thanks to HOAC for funding support to the water project

A women and her children from Irafo village in the Okapa District can now fetch clean water near the village rather than traveling miles – thanks to HOAC for funding support to the water project

Since its certification with the Fairtrade in 2005, this community based organization has been supporting and initiating various projects in schools, aid posts, coffee farming groups and villages.

Chairman Daniel Kinne revealed that HOAC has started initially by supplying school stationary in the North and South Fore areas and as the premium of its coffee sales grew, HOAC refocused its development objective to more impact projects.

He said the projects extended to include:
• building four permanent elementary classrooms in the Purosa area
• building one three bedroom teacher’s house at Purosa area,
• assisting with sewn timbers for double classroom building at Ke’efu primary school
• assisting with two teachers housing at Ke’efu primary school, and
• providing Waisa elementary school with V-crimp to replace bamboo wall.

In addition, 150 coffee pulping machines were bought and distributed to farmers in various villages in the district as part of coffee quality improvement and mattresses were supplied to Ivingoi Sub-Health Center Ward.

HOAC built this permanent elementary classroom using Fairtrade premium in 2008 in Emasa area in the Okapa District

HOAC built this permanent elementary classroom using Fairtrade premium in 2008 in Emasa area in the Okapa District

Mr Kinne said HOAC also funded water supply projects in Irafo and Yasubi and is keen in fully completing it and moving onto implementing similar projects in other coffee growing villages.

HOAC was initially formed in 2004 with over 2000 members from North and South Fore and parts of Keyagana constituency. Since its inception, HOAC has gone one step further by obtaining organic and Fairtrade Certification from reputable international organizations; the NASAA and Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO) from Australia and Germany respectively.

Mr Kinne said after receiving Fairtrade certification in 2005, HOAC has been selling coffee through its export agent Coffee Connections Ltd which receives Fairtrade premium of 20 cents per pound that goes towards tangible community development projects.

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One Response to Coffee corporative funds community projects from earnings

  1. michael reupana says:

    I am a small coffee grower in the Siane LLG of the Chuave District Chimbu Province PNG. I am pleased in the good work the Highlands Agriculture Organic Coffee has truly done reached the rural people in parts of Okapa and Keto in the boarder of EHP and Chimbu. In the hope of giving back the rural coffee farmers of the difficulties the farmers faces and experiences in their every day living. Apart from creating the links to the coffee farmers, the Highlands Agriculture Organic Coffee made it their business to provide incentives for the communal benefit, the water supply system, the permanent buildings in elementary and primary schools, including maintaining roads and now providing reading books to schools for the children to read. What a great effort. The organization deserve a better commendation. Thankyou

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