25% Brazil / 60% Mexico / 15% Ethiopia
Farmer: Ture Waji
Washing Station: Raro Nansebo
Zone: Uraga, Guji
Altitude: 2,100-2,350 masl
The word Laayyoo refers to the indigenous tree growing in the area, used for shade on coffee plantations. It's deep roots allow for the falling leaves to offer rich, nutrient dense compost, acting also as a fertilizer for the coffee.
Ture Waji takes time between harvests to educate farmers of good agricultural practices to help improve the quality of their cherry. His company provides pre-harvest loans to farmers who, for example, need to pay labor to do maintenance on the farm, such as weeding and planting. Although we cannot draw a direct relation, this access to finance should mean that smallholder farmers need to draw less upon their family members, including their children. The washing stations employ a 'woman-first' policy and the company has built a school for the children. Roads have also been built to improve the infrastructure.
Ture's company, Sookoo Coffee, values are Quality, Traceability and Sustainability. Sookoo Coffee focuses on working with smaller group of farmers, and by providing technical assistance in the form of education and agricultural practices, they can be assured to receive high quality cherry at their washing stations.