Nestled in the untouched rainforest habitat at the foothills of Mount Ambra is Kenta Village. Kenta is located about 25 kilometres from Mount Hagen town in Western Highlands Province. It is approximately 1800 metres above sea level and is part of the coffee growing area in the Province.
The natural flora and fauna provides a unique insight into the habitat of the Highlands. This back drop is ideally suited to growing premium quality Arabica coffee.
There are about 2000 residents in the Kenta Village. To them coffee growing is vital to their livelihood providing much needed revenue to meet their social obligations. Vegetable and other crops are grown alongside coffee to suit the market demand.
42 hectares of land on Kenta was identified and planted to Arabica coffee. This plantation forms the nucleus estate for the small growers in the vicinity and provides sustainable extension services to the farmers.
A state of the art wet factory has been built on the plantation. The factory is eco-friendly with pollution control measures in place. This factory caters to the Kenta farmers.
Premium quality washed Arabica coffee is processed on this site and the end product is aptly named “Kenta”. All care and measures are taken to produce a top of the range premium quality which has been well accepted in the World gourmet market.
Recognising the need to improve the lot of the small growers, Kenta in conjunction with the World Bank has successfully implemented the Progressive Partnership in Agriculture Project. 350 farmers are now under the program and changes to their livelihood are already noticeable.
A HIV AIDS Clinic and Outpost has been set up at Kenta with support from the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authorities. Regular clinics and education programs are conducted on site.
Personal Viability and Gender Equality courses are also conducted as part of the community development program.