In 2010, 113 farmers formed a cooperative and named it Duromina, which means ‘improve their lives’ in the Afan Oromo language. Immediately thereafter, they received a loan from the bank, constructed a wet mill, and started processing washed coffee. Mohamad Abasambi, the Industry Manager, has been involved since Duromina’s inception. The Cooperative’s Chairman is Nizamu Abamecha.
Throughout the first year, membership doubled while members earned 50% higher prices by bringing their cherry to the cooperative. The village used to be inaccessible during the rainy season, but the cooperative, working with the government, co-funded a road project that was completed in 2011. Most farmers now have tin roofs on their houses. In the near future, they plan to build a bridge over the new road. They’re working on bringing electricity to their village, and finishing constructing a local health clinic.
Duromina farmers say they used to be at the mercy of local traders. “They would give the farmers in our area a lower price by saying that coffee from ‘after the river’ was not good. Now we know the truth. Now we are the ones benefiting from our coffee.” Stumptown is excited to be involved with the advancements of a few of the cooperatives in this region.
From Stumptown’s purchases in 2011, Duromina paid off their entire investment loan for their washing station in one year instead of the planned four years. This positive growth has inspired two new cooperatives in nearby villages.
New in 2013:
The Duromina Cooperative has consistently exhibited excellent management practices which have increased production and raised membership to 136. They have a long term plan to continue to expand and entice more membership with competitive prices. They know their budget and plan ahead how to utilize premium payments. They completed building their second washing station with a Penagos 2500 demucilager. They situated it in a new area on the other side of Boto, a nearby village, which increased cherry delivery efficiency and helped decrease bottle necking collection issues. They also expanded cherry collection sites throughout the community which eases cherry drop off and decentralizes the process. They purchased a dual purpose school bus that brings their kids to school and provides a way to transport cherry from various sites to the washing stations.
Duromina Cooperative sits in the yellowed highlands of the Goma District in the Oromia Region of Western Ethiopia. This area, which lies between Jimma and the Boma plateau in Southern Sudan, is considered the birthplace of Arabica coffee. Farmers cultivate coffee in small plots near their homes and on hillsides shaded by dense canopies of indigenous Acacia trees. Coffee has been grown here for generations, but until 2011, it was always dry processed (aka natural processed) and sold to local traders.
The coffee cherries are depulped using a Penagos 1500, demucilaged and soaked overnight in cold water. Spring water flows down a 500 meter channel and across a valley (spanned by wooden chutes) to reach the wet mill site. The clean parchment is then dried in the sun for 7-10 days until fully dry. Each day lot is bagged separately.