Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (1984) is a cooperative union registered under the cooperative societies Act of 1982 to produce and export Mild Arabica coffee from Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania. We serve small coffee producer members on the slopes of highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro in the districts of Rombo, Moshi Rural, Hai and Siha. At first KNCU was registered in Tanzania in 1933 under the Co-operatives Societies Ordinance of 1932, together with its 11 affiliated member societies. Currently KNCU serves about 90 affiliate societies and members totaling over 70,000. Since its establishment KNCU (1984) LTD, has been playing a vital role of transforming coffee farming communities by gaining better means to livelihood thus contributing to alleviate poverty in rural areas. This has been achieved by ensuring our coffee farmers are sufficed with advanced extension services as a unique mechanism to produce high quality and quantity Mild Arabica coffee in volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro to compete in the World market by fetching reasonable price.
KNCU is a certified member of Fair Trade (FLO) since 1993, Naturland in 2004, and Institute Marketecology (IMO) since 2004 for our organic coffee. These certifications verify the highest level of quality of our coffee which is safe for human consumption in terms of health and environmental friendly produced. Basically, the produced coffee adheres to International Standards for Green Economy and Development and guarantees the end customer that, the coffee sold under Fair Trade conditions contributes to the well being of the co-operative members and their communities.
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