Nasho Washing Station is a cooperative started in 2008 in the Kirehe District of the Eastern Province. The altitude of the coffee grown in this area ranges from 1400-1600 meters. They began as a semi-washed station only because they lacked the necessary documents, building, and equipment. After acquiring the documents of authority necessary to begin building their station in 2010, Technoserve led Nasho to Rwanda Trading Company to help provide funding for Nasho's building and equipment and also to provide operating capital. Nasho, having 341 cooperative members in 2010, was able to provide 25,000Kgs of parchment. Their cooperative members grew to 595 in 2013 and they were able to provide 30,000Kgs of parchment.
Transparency is an important driver of efficiency and good governance at cooperatively-owned coffee wet mills and can lead to higher farm-gate prices. Coffeetransparency.com collates the most important production and financial information from participating wet mill businesses - from export revenues to incomes -and organizes this information into a two-page transparency sheet. The left-hand numbers are key indicators of production efficiency and farmer income for the most recently completed coffee season.
Adopting business practices that treat workers and suppliers ethically and fairly, protect the environment, and promote economic transparency will build the foundation for a sustainable business. Participating wet mills and supplying farmers are trained and audited on a set of sustainability standards that focus on 5 categories – social responsibility & ethics, occupational health & safety, environmental responsibility, economic transparency and production & farm management. The numbers on the left track compliance against best practices in each category from the most recently completed sustainability audit.