The Koperasi Baitul Qiradh Baburrayyan Cooperative (KBQB) has 8,000 members in villages throughout Bener Meriah and Aceh
Tengah around Lake Tawar. These members are organised at village level into 123 groups, who sell to approximately 100 elected collectors. About 90 percent of the collectors are also farmers.
The cooperative is structured so that each group of farmers elects a representative for the annual meeting, these representatives are not necessarily same person as the collector. The chair of the cooperative is Rizwan Husin, he is a trained accountant though he also has a 5 hectare coffee plot.
KBQB Cooperative have implemented several different community development projects, including:
- A micro-finance bank that cooperative members can join.
- A land rehabilitation project that focuses on bringing land abandoned during the conflict back into production. The goal is to distribute
6,000 coffee seedlings over three years, a program which is currently in its second year and has approximately 2,000 applicants waiting to join. The farmers have 6 years to repay the costs of the seedlings including a three year grace period while the plant is maturing wherein no interest accrues, and then a further three years to pay it off.
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