By: Susan Heller Evenson

Iloma AMCOS (cooperative; stands for Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society) was founded in 2011 by Iyela Farmer Group. In 2016 they decided to set up a CPU, and in 2018 due to the changes in regulations they joined the Iloma AMCOS. The name Iloma results from the two main villages where the farmers live: Mufaumbo and Illomba. The water comes from the Vidawa river, which is 5km away and fed by gravity pipes. The chairman, Rashid Shikombola, is a respected businessman in the village. With the AMCOS, he rents trucks to other nearby groups and helped to provide electricity in the village. City Mills, the dry mill owned by Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, has also started a coffee club at Msankwi, a local secondary school, where students receive seedlings and meet regularly to learn agricultural practices. In 2020 Iloma also started processing naturals in addition to fully-washed lots.

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