Nano Challa cooperative was established
in 2004 by an initial 25 farmer members from the Agaro town in the Jimma Zone,
Oromia, Western Ethiopia. The founder members formed the group in order to
foster unity and to share in addressing issues they were facing around finding
good buyers for their coffee, eleviating debt and improving standards of production.
Jimma is an area that had become synonymous with 'Jimma 5' - low quality natural processed commercial type
coffee that fetches minimal prices on the internal and international market.
Part of Nano Challa's
strength lies in being part of the Kata Muduga Multipurpose Farmer's
Cooperative Union - an overarching organization that includes some of the best
known, highest quality producing washing stations in the country.