At Shochoch Trading, we follow approach where everyone is better-off as a result of working/trading with us. We understand and know that knowing where your coffee, spice, honey, or fruits comes from isn’t just about reassuring you that you are sourcing it ethically but ensuring that coffee you love or spices you use this year will be available again next year and the year after because these products cannot thrive if the farmers and workers who care for it don’t thrive as well.
Shochoch work closely with local and national farmers’ cooperative unions and commercial farmers to source its products and create market opportunities for their products at premium price. Such method of sourcing from smallholders is based on set standards and involves our input at different stage of production while creating a strong incentive in all stakeholders to protect the forest and become specialty farmers that can change their lives.
Born and raised in a farming community, we have firsthand experiences the challenges and poverty that communities face in the Bench Sheko Zone. That is why our company invest back 10-15% of its income in the community, pay higher price when sourcing products or even educate the community on other sources of income such as opening up shops and more. In addition to this, having our own plantation allow us to ensure sustainability of the land/forest we use to farm and enhance the livelihood of farmers and their families through employment opportunities, increased income opportunities while satisfying client’s needs.