Keto Tepasi Progress Association

Overview

Keto Tapasi members are united by what they do best: the production of high quality Fairtrade Certified coffee.

Keto Tapasi overcame many cultural and territorial obstacles to set up their organisation: they conquered language barriers between tribes, and agreed upon common production and quality standards to grow their coffee.

Founded in 2008, Keto Tapasi is an association of 3,000 coffee producers located in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The organisation is made up of eighteen villages and eight clan groups. It is estimated that over 4,500 individuals receive benefits from the association.

In 2010, Keto Tapasi sold a total of 8.5 tonnes of green bean to its exporter, Monpi Coffee Exports. By the end of 2011, Monpi had bought a total of 42.7 tonnes from Keto Tapasi and this amount is increasing every year.

 

Fairtrade Impact: 

The Fairtrade Premium is the sum of money paid on top of the agreed price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects.

Keto Tapasi achieved Fairtrade Certification in 2010. Since then, the organisation has used its Premium money to acquire 11 new coffee pulpers, hired a vehicle to transport its coffee from members’ gardens to the processing mill, and built a new warehouse to store members’ coffee. Keto Tapasi’s chairperson proudly reports that there have been significant improvements in the association in recent years, as members are working very hard to come together as a group.

Keto Tapasi is planning to invest future Fairtrade Premium to tackle difficulties like the following:

  • High levels of illiteracy among adults due to high fees and remoteness of schools which discourage people from enrolling in formal education.
  • Poor health services and the lack of sufficient medical supplies and HIV/AIDS awareness.


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