One of these villages is the Iyenga village, which was originally a part of the Itumpi village, but the villagers found it difficult to access government resources due to distance, and thus created their own village in 1974. The government also established a hospital and school within the community to provide the villages with essential resources. This is also the location of the Iyenga Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Society (AMCOS), which was created in 2003 under the Tanzanian Cooperative Act. Today, the AMCOS has 292 members, with 34 females and 258 males.
Kenya’s less well-known neighbour produces an astoundingly similar-tasting coffee in a somewhat similar landscape. Coffee is marketed by both an auction system organised by the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) and direct sale.
Arabica seedlings were first introduced to the country from Réunion Island (then known as Bourbon) and planted in the Bayamoyo and Mogoro regions (fairly close to Dar Es Salaam) and were later established as a successful commercial crop in 1893 on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro by German colonizers.