Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited is situated about 150km north of Kenya's capital, Nairobi in Othaya Town, Nyeri County. Othaya is sandwiched between Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare Ranges, at an altitude of 1828 meters (approximately 6000 feet) above sea level. This is where the world-famous Arabica coffee is grown.
The Society was registered in 1956 as a coffee marketing society with an initial membership of 250 farmers. Currently, the Society has 17 factories with a total membership of 11,000 small scale farmers. It has 7 management committee members.
The Society has coffee nurseries for coffee seedlings, 17 coffee factories/wet mills and store outlets in each of the wet mills for provision of farm inputs. The Society also has a dry mill that serves the coffee factories through finance raised by selling shares to the members.
The Society is Fair-Trade certified, which is helping in penetrating the world's markets, and as a result benefiting the community more. The community in this region relies on agriculture as the main source of livelihood. The ground coffee has also acquired Kenya bureau if Standards certification (KEBS) ensuring high quality and consistency of the product.
COMMUNITY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
The members of Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited care about the community. The activities the society is involved in include visiting the children’s homes and offering assistance to the needy, construction of footbridges. In partnership with Tree House and Aga Khan Hospital, we have held free medical screening camps for the community.