Handege Factory is located in next to the small town of Gatundu location in Kiambu County. The name “Handege” is derived from Ndege, the Swahili word for aeroplane. Handege Coffee factory is affiliated to Ritho Farmers’ Cooperative Society. This society is located in Gatundu location, Kiambu County and it was founded in 1972.
Ritho is made up of 9 board members and it has two factories, Wamaguma and Handege. Handege is the smaller of the two factories, with an annual production of about 150MT clean coffee.
In line with the rising awareness on the need to conserve the environment, the factory has dug the waste water soak pits away from the water source where the waste water is allowed to soak in back to the soil. Currently the factory does not engage in waste water treatment. Additionally the society encourages its members to plant trees on their farms. After pulping the coffee is stored overnight, washed, soaked and spread on the drying tables. The parchment is then frequently turned on the drying tables, sorted and stored awaiting delivery to the millers.