Ankole Coffee Producers Co-operative Union (ACPCU) is a coffee trading and exporting union transforming the lives and livelihoods of rural coffee farmers in Uganda by enabling them to take ownership of the coffee value chain in the international market


Country: Uganda
Start date: May 2019
Sector: Agriculture
Instrument: Loan
Investment: USD 750,000

Company Description

Registered in 2006 and originally formed by 10 cooperative societies, ACPCU has grown into a confident, farmer-owned export coffee cooperative union with 25 primary cooperative societies whose membership comprise 12,000 smallholder farmers from South-Western Uganda.

ACPCU’s members control their own coffee from growing, to processing and export. The cooperative has also launched other projects and activities to provide farmers with additional sources of income and to allow them to work and live under healthy conditions.

Social Challenges Addressed

Key SDGs supported





Small farmers have poor seeds and lack of skills and tools, relying on the local middleman to sell their crops. They do not have access to international markets. They are not able to manage international certifications (Fair Trade, Organic), not being able to access the premium price these certifications offer. They do not have access to financial services, knowledge or information, and they can’t organise themselves for their own advantage.

ACPCU allows farmers to organise themselves and provides them with access to goods and services traditionally reserved to big players while:
  1. Helping farmer access international markets at a higher price than selling to the local middleman.
  2. Increasing income of farmers through improved coffee quality programs.
  3. Increasing the selling price by accessing and managing international certifications (Fair Trade, Organic).
  4. Distributing money surplus at the end of the business year among its members.
  5. Preserving and improving the natural environment through organic farming.
  6. Enhancing participation of women and youth in programs designed to promote farming as a family business.
  7. Providing the community with additional services such as health or educational facilities.
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Global Social Impact Investments SGIIC SAU is an impact investment funds manager that allows investors to achieve positive social and environmental impact together with financial returns. 

GSI is part of Santa Comba Gestión SL, a family holding that brings together projects promoting freedom through knowledge.

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