Helping Our Community

Earthquake Recovery

During the earthquake, many of the village district level pulping centers were damaged and destroyed. The coffee beans that had been stored there were completely lost, leaving farmers struggling to recover with an entire year’s income lost. CCUL has been a leading actor in helping these communities rebuild, and they have facilitated the construction of 8 new pulping centers in each of the districts where coffee is cultivated for CCUL. The construction of these centers is now complete, allowing the farmers to get back to their coffee production schedule and supporting their families.

 Scholarships for Children of Coffee Producers

Every year, CCUL distributes scholarship packages of school materials to the children of our coffee farmers. Their schools educate the children in the value and benefits of cooperatives and the principles of Fairtrade.

     

Health 

CCUL supports the health of member farmers by providing financial support for farmers who fall ill. If a farmer is seriously injured or ill, CCUL will pay for a certain portion of the medical cost which the farmer may not be able to afford without the support of CCUL. 

Savings and Loans Program

CCUL's primary cooperatives have established a savings program for member farmers who deposit a specified amount each month into a savings fund. From this fund, farmers are able to take out small loans that will help them to improve their livelihoods. These loans are offered at lower interest rates which helps farmers to have more financial security year round. 

 

Try our coffee by shopping any of these brands in for sale Kathmandu and around the world! 

Sold in Kathmandu at: 

- Beautiful Coffee Cafe, Sanepa                                       

- SAARC Chamber Craft Village, Pulchowk 

-Bhat-Bhateni Supermarket                      

- Le Sherpa Farmer's Market, Maharajgunj

 

375 smallholders under different groups and cooperatives are producing coffee with organic management and production system. Coffee growers in Lalitpur are raising coffee with organic management system entirely using organic agricultural inputs available at local level with judicious management of fertility and pests. Fertility management is being done using improved Farm yard manure, composts while for pest management and control, regular cultural practices and physical methods are in use. Bio-pesticides and fresh botanical pesticides are being used as pest repellent, anti-feedant and pest killing.

   


 Organic agronomic practices are applied in coffee seeds preparation, nursery raising, nursery management, coffee plantation, orchard establishment, fertility management, pest management. Small farmers are under coffee producers Groups (CPGs) under primary cooperatives, which then form coffee cooperative union.

 

Mithram & Menuka Sapkota

Durlung Jaibik Coffee Producer Cooperative

A half hour walk uphill from the nearest road, this coffee farm has panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys, the southernmost point of Lalitpur district. Mithram, a board member of the Durlung Jaibik Coffee Producer Cooperative, and his wife Menuka have been farming coffee here for 14 years. Coffee was a far superior crop choice for them, because living in the jungle, most traditional crops are destroyed by wild animals. Since they live far from the road and market, it is more effort than it is worth to grow traditional crops, but coffee gets them a premium price that allows them to cover all of their household expenses and beyond. A few months back, Mithram fell ill but was able to cover the cost of his surgery and the hospital stay during his recovery, something that the family would not have been able to afford without their coffee income. Additionally, thanks to the income from coffee farming, the couple’s two oldest children now live and go to high school in the city to receive a better education than is available locally. For this family, the most significant advantage of cooperative membership is the savings and loans program. Each farmer saves 100 rupees per month which is gathered by the cooperative and is then available to all members to take out small loans at their convenience and at a lower interest rate than elsewhere. They are hopeful that with the earnings from their coffee production, they will be able to rebuild their home that was completely destroyed during the earthquake in 2015. Although they like many farmers have never tasted coffee in their lives, they love coffee nonetheless for the way it has improved their livelihoods and uplifted the socioeconomic status of their communities.

 

Shyam Prasad Adhikari, Treasurer, Durlung Jaibik Coffee Producer Cooperative

Shyam Prasad Adhikari is the treasurer of Durlung Jaibik Coffee Producer Cooperative, a title he has earned after 7 years of farming coffee. He has chosen to farm coffee like many others in his community because it gives a higher economic return than traditional crops like millet and maize for a much smaller quantity produced. Although coffee farming is supplemental to other income generating activities such as livestock rearing and other crops, it helps to raise his income as a whole and pay for his children’s education. But for Shyam, the most beneficial aspect of being a coffee farmer is being a member of the cooperative in his community. The reason is simple, “to walk together is better than walking alone.” Regardless of market uncertainty, he can be assured that the cooperative will pay him a fair price for his coffee crop, and he will receive the payment on time, which provides him and his family a valuable financial security. He saves much time and effort because the cooperative takes the responsibility of processing his coffee, which results in a higher quality final product than if he had to process it himself. Because Shyam and the other coffee farmers is his community are able to compile their coffee together for processing and sale, they are able to produce a much higher quality coffee in a large quantity which they are then able to sell for a premium price on the market to large buyers. Shyam also likes the affect that the cooperative structure has on his community. The cooperative shows no discrimination based on gender, caste, religion, economic status, etc., and he has seen major increases in this positive thinking and attitude towards one another in his community. “Unity is force. To be a member of a cooperative is a strong relationship between farmers and neighbours.”

 

 

Fair Trade certification

Fair Trade is the only approach to Nepali coffee production that guarantees farmers a fair price for their coffee and builds stable, long-term relationships based on mutual respect among producers and importers. In this system farmers are ensured a minimum market price that covers their cost of production and access to sustainable marketing system to increase commercialization at the producers' level.

CCUL Lalitpur follows all Fair Trade standards in production, processing and marketing. Thus, this coffee is recognized as a Fair Trade product by our buyer GEPA The Fair Trade Company (http://www.gepa.de/en/welcome.html) in Germany and our farmers receive a Fair Trade premium for their coffee. CCUL has also recently become a member of Fair Trade Group Nepal (http://www.fairtradegroupnepal.org/) which is a network of Fair Trade producers of food and handicraft products across Nepal. 

 

Organic Certification

To ensure the consumer a high quality certified organic coffee, CCUL Lalitpur has certified farmers' small parcels of land for growing coffee as organic. This organic certification was made by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia) (https://www.nasaa.com.au/) and the NCO certification no. is 8152P.

An Internal Control System (ICS) is being implemented for group certification of those smallholders. ICS is intact in the groups and is effectively implemented by cooperatives for quality assurance and compliance to the organic production standard. ICS is designed to closely monitor nursery, production fields and processing units at the community and central levels. Technical facilitators from the community level facilitate the farmer's ability and knowledge of organic coffee production and management.

Coffee Promotion Programm by HELVETAS Nepal (https://nepal.helvetas.org/en/pro/copp.cfm)  has supported CCUL for ICS implementation including group training, internal inspection of the farms and updating the documentation required to ensure the ICS is intact.