For KPD (plc), protecting the social community and the environment also means being able to run the business in the future.
For centuries we have not changed our traditional way of Gardenfarming. Long before the organic labels, our coffee was fulfilling all the currently demanded requirements, and we are happy that current markets are demanding organic and sustainable grown coffee.
With our investments in certificates we can give every one of our hard working small farmers the chance to position his product in a fair competition. Certificates are expensive and generalising, but with the help of overseas donors we were able to position our traditional and handcrafted products with the highest quality as ORGANIC, FAIRTRADE and UTZ-certified.
This helps the international customers to understand our vision and ideas easily and hopefully gives an incentive to learn more about our Gardenfarming Community of Karagwe.
KPD Coffee is mainly harvested by the families themselves and KPD is offering them a premium on their coffee as well as offering them the opportunity of buying shares of the public-owned KPD company.
We abolish illegal child labour and offer credit for the school fees and health services.
To be economically sustainable we offer microcredits to our small farmers as well as the opportunity to invest in their businesses and manage their own lives.
Together we built 15 microcredit offices (called SACCOS: Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies) that enable the small farmers to save their money within their village community and offer credits for investments in education, agricultural, business and emergency purposes. It is less a bank, but much more a village community where members share their money together.
Our SACCOS as well as KPD (plc) are owned and managed by the small farmers and consist of 23.000 small farmer members from our Karagwe highland area.