Duromina, in the Affan Oromo language, means “improve their lives”. Duromina is located in southwest Ethiopia’s Oromio state, 25 km from the closest major town of Agaro. The Cooperative services producers of one small area (Kebele) called Boto, which has approximately 1,660 residents. The farmers of Duromina depends on coffee as their main income, while also cultivating food crops and raising animals.
With about 730 ha dedicated to coffee, the wet mill processes 300,000kg of red cherry coffee per season. Farmers cultivate coffee on small homesteads and on hillsides under the shade of dense canopies provided by indigenous Acacia trees.
In 2010, the farmers in Duromino started receiving technical support and business/production know-how from Technoserve, giving them valuable tools to produce high quality coffee and earn better incomes.