For small producers members : Increase in production and income
SOPACDI offers its members a free service for the improvement of their plantations or fields. It has made available to them 35 qualified agronomists for their supervision, sensitization and various training on good agricultural practices (composting, liquid biofertilizer, bio-treating, erosion control, agroforestry, etc.) and the protection of the environment.
In addition, each year, SOPACDI produces seedlings of coffee trees and shade trees and distributes them free of charge to its members for the rejuvenation of their plantations.
Because of these acts, the production and income of most members keeps increasing.
Local Market, Coffee Price and the second payment under fair trade standards
Despite fluctuations in the stock market on which the price of coffee depends, the members sell to SOPACDI cooperative which is obliged to respect the guaranteed minimum price as dictated by the Fair Trade or Fair Trade Certification. The price of kg of cherries has improved so that no producer has the desire to sell in the neighboring country. In addition, the cooperative has shielded its members from commissionaires, whose actions have only eroded price advantages in the past.
SOPACDI buys cherries produced by its members even when it does not have sales contracts in order to ensure maximum permanence of the local market.
In addition to the price obtained from SOPACDI’s coffee and the SOPACDI chieftain’s annual tax instead of the members, the latter, as decision-makers in their cooperative, receive a second payment in proportion to the delivery of each to the end of the year or campaign depending on whether the co-op has performed well on its sales activities. This only increases the income of each member and allows him to take charge and meet the large part of his household needs.
Thus, the producer is no longer question of sale of its production and above all, the guarantee of the market and the price responding to Fair Trade prevent producers to cross the lake against the band, the drownings have significantly decreased.
For the local community
The social premium
With the support of Social Prime obtained on the sale of fair trade certified coffee, organic, etc. the cooperative supports:
- Education by
o the rehabilitation of some schools;
o the payment of school fees for some underprivileged;
o the scholarship;
- health by
o The equipment of health posts by beds, mattresses, etc.
o purchase of land at health posts (in Butumba, Muchibwe, Birambo, Kiluku, etc.)
- rehabilitation of bridges on agricultural roads;
- Taxes of the community: apart from the various taxes paid by the SOPACDI in benefit of the caisse of the chiefdom community, since the year 2012, the SOPACDI assumes the annual tax of the community chieftaincy on the plantations of its members .
Each season, around 200 people, mainly young people receive temporary employment in various washing stations SOPACDI. More than 500 women are employed for daily work.
Promotion of Pygmies
For the integration of pygmies, poor and marginalized people in the region, SOPACDI
- built 6 classrooms at Kimioka Elementary School II to support their access to education and schooling;
- buys supplies for this school for its operation;
- pay a few times the remuneration of his teachings
- awarded a scholarship to two finalists at this school in the best secondary school in the region.
- distributed farm equipment and seeds.
For the DR Congo ; the birth of other cooperatives in the coffee sector
The relative success of the SOPACDI cooperative has inspired others to be creative. Today, in the region, there are more than a dozen other cooperatives that were born by imitation to SOPACDI and have the chance to move forward. Thus, SOPACDI served as a model in the region.
The woman who once was disadvantaged by the ancestral customs of the region is gradually finding its true place in society. Supported by Twin partners, Oxfam wererlds winkels, TDC / CTB, SOPACDI has, since its inception, educated men and women about human rights in general and women’s rights in particular. This action led to positive results: the men agreed to allocate part of their plantations to their wives so that they too would be counted as full members of the cooperative.
In addition, in its policy, SOPACDI integrates the woman in her management. There is at least one woman in every organ of the cooperative. In the Board of Directors, women are represented at more than 30%.
Participation in mitigating the effects of global warming
SOPACDI has been fairtrade certified since 2011, organic since May 2012, Utz since 2015 and SPP (Symbol of farmers’ producers) since the year 2016. These four certifications have standards that militate for the protection of the environment that is our common habitat; this is why SOPACDI teaches its members every day to work actively to fight against erosions, to plant and protect shade trees in their fields, to practice agroforestry, the protection of animals, etc.
The SCAA and SPP price
SOPACDI has successively won the American Specialty Coffee Association Award in 2014 and the Global Farmers’ Symbol in 2017. These awards were the first of their kind in DR Congo. The first for success of SOPACDI to restore the reputation of the coffee of his country in quality on the international market. The second for being the best producer member of the SPP association of the year. These two awards have constituted for SOPACDI and his country.
Increase in production
The co-operative work of small-scale coffee producers in the region, which served as a model for creating other cooperatives that work closely with them, has a very significant impact in terms of increased production. From the year 2010 to the present day the plantations of the members are only improving and the exports of our country only increase in volume as in recipes.
For SOPACDI Itself
Increase of its equipment:
- Four (4) wash stations, two (2) warehouses;
- Five (5) mini-washing stations
- A building for its administrative headquarters
- A tasting laboratory