SANAM is a coffee flour production company based in Colombia, dedicated to the use of waste products husk and pulp that are usually discarded in the process of coffee processing. The pulp and husk contain elevated levels of antioxidants, proteins and minerals. These wastes are transformed into Miel de Café (coffee honey liquid) and Harina de Café (flour) which are used as raw materials and supplements for cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical and feed products. SANAM has already tested the process and currently produces 3 tons of coffee flour per day.

The potential for upscaling of this technology is in principle huge, both at national and international level. Colombia is a major coffee producing country and all coffee producing countries face the same environmental problems of coffee waste management. afbeelding1

The current project focuses on the upscaling of the SANAM processing plant to increase production of coffee flour. More than 60% of the requested funds will be invested in assets like machinery, equipment and buildings.

The project will have socio-economic and environmental benefits as under:

(a) Employment Generation: the project will create at least 65 jobs, primarily in the rural areas.

(b) Income increase of 5-10% for 3,500 farmers. In addition, once the waste is used by SANAM, coffee farmers would not need to pay fines for waste management which will save them money. About 85% of coffee farmers are smallholders (with land up to one hectare) who usually do not have resources for waste management, and

(c) Positive environmental impact as coffee waste will no longer pollute the environment by preventing debris such as mucilage and coffee pulp to be poured into streams and rivers without any treatment as the waste will be processed.

Once the waste is used by SANAM coffee farmers would not need to pay fines for waste management which will give them an opportunity to save their financial resources. About 85% of coffee farmers are smallholders (up to one hectare) who usually do not have resources for waste management.

CFC funding has been operationalized in the form of a loan through ICCO Cooperation. The funds were disbursed in October 2016 and construction work has started.

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Organization: ICCO Cooperation (for SANAM Company) Project: CFC/2016/08/0077FT
Country: Colombia Commodity:  Coffee
Estimated net economic impact: USD 1.5 million Total Cost: USD 312,000
CFC Financing: USD 120,000 Project Type: Fast Track Project

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