36. Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative

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Coop Name: Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative N° of Employees: 5
City: Gedeo Zone N° of Members: 1862
Country: Ethiopia Year of formation: 1975
Website: http://www.yirgacheffeunion.com/
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Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative, a member of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia, brings together 1,862 coffee farmers along with 5 permanent staff, 3 temporary staff, and up to 200 seasonal workers. The Union represents over 44,000 smallholder farmers and through them and their families impacts the lives of 300,000 people.

Back in 2009 the actor and Broadway star Hugh Jackman spent a day working in the Sigiga Multipurpose Cooperative, a member of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperatives Union, in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia as part of his role as an ambassador of World Vision, an international relief, development and advocacy organization. The relationship he built with one of the farmer-members, Dukale, spurred he and his actor wife Deborra Lee Furness, also a World Vision ambassador, to start a social enterprise Laughing Man Worldwide, which markets the coffee produced by the cooperative.

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