Who we are
Solidarite pour la Production et la Commercialisation des Produit Industriels et Vivriers (SOPROCOPIV) is a cooperative that is dedicated to sourcing and processing coffees from different farms around the North Kivu region.
Since 2004, a group of small coffee planters have tried to organize themselves into a cooperative to revive the culture of coffee on the high mountains of the graben housing the west side of Lake Edward in Lubero territory. This led to the formation of the SOPROCOPIV cooperative by a group of farmers who were motivated to improve their lives, education and healthcare services through the production of specialty coffee. The cooperative started with 1408 farmers in 2008. Currently, the cooperative has 5036 farmers and other 2023 farmers are in the process of integration into the Fair Trade Certification training program. The cooperative is certified by UTZ. The Trader program for these farmers was launched by Muhindo Muhindo Jean-Marie, the current chairman of the board of directors who succeeded the leadership after his father Denis in 2016.
Our focus on good processing techniques that are supported by organic certification have led to development of better coffee that can be offered at a higher price level to the international market because of its quality. To solve the challenges of coffee processing, the cooperative has built 4 washing stations and 12 mini-washing stations. The SOPROCOPIV cooperative also has its own processing plant plant with the capacity of crushing 1200kg / h. For the maintenance of control and quality monitoring system, the cooperative has enrolled 26 agronomists, 4 supervisors and an ICS manager.
The cooperative members have the economic benefit of a sustainable income so that they can reinvest and continue to improve their techniques in planting, growing, and processing to ensure consistent, high quality coffee production.
The first year of certification enabled the cooperative to equip its farmers with manual pulverizers and other tools such as plastic tanks, tarpaulins, among others that enabled the farmers to produce washed coffee. These farmers also need to be supported both technically and financially in their coffee production processes which the farmers believe satisfies their needs better than any other food crops.
P.O BOX: 278 BUTEMBO
Id Nat. 5-9-N 46347P
IMPORT-EXPORT: PM 0023/AW-18/I0015NK/Z