Gichathaini is one of three factories (or washing stations) that together form the Gikanda Farmers Cooperative Society. The factory itself is owned by the coffee farmers who deliver cherries to the station. There are currently 897 members, of which roughly 770 are active and sell their coffees through the factory.
The factory receives assistance from Coffee Management Services (CMS). The long term goal is to increase coffee production as well as quality through farmer training and timely access to inputs. The goal is to establish a transparent relationship with the smallholder farmer, whilst bringing quality to our customers, and premium prices to the farmers. Through the pre-financing, farmers receive advances for school fees and farm inputs. The factory manager is retrained every year by CMS. The water used at the station for fermenting and washing the coffee is drawn from the nearby Ragati river using gravity-fed channels, and is re-circulated during processing for conservation purposes. After use, it is moved into soak pits away from water sources so that it does not pollute the area.