Vuasu Cooperative Union
In Kipari, the local language, 'Vuasu' means 'unity'. The cooperative's vision is to work together - men, women and youth - to build a stronger economy through coffee.
After more than 30 years VCU (Vuasu Cooperative Union) is transforming itself to harness the potential of its coffee and focus on exporting to the international specialty market. Smallholder farmers around Kilimanjaro are regrouping to upskill in areas of sustainable farming and quality processing. Through GALS training and gender work at the cooperative level, younger farmers and women are being encouraged to engage more in coffee farming so a profitable future can be forged for the whole community.
As part of Vuasu’s makeover, farmers are busy implementing Good Agricultural Practices and learning about consistent quality processing for their farm-washed coffee. Fairtrade certification will hopefully lead to an opening up of new export markets for Vuasu’s excellent coffee, and farmers are excited about new opportunities on the horizon.