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How Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada uses Fair Trade community development funds

In the mountains of Honduras is the village of Capucas, home to Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL). This coffee farmer cooperative has more than 70 members, all of whom are dedicated to growing some of the best coffee in the world.

Jose Isidro Lara grows some of the highest quality Fair Trade Certified coffee around

Meet Jose Isidro Lara, member of COCAFCAL in Honduras. He started coffee farming on one acre that was given to him by his father. With the Fair Trade prices he receives, he has been able to invest in 9 more acres throughout the area.
Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima (FNSF) is a 230 hectare, 100% organic, family-owned coffee farm in the Cerrado Region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. With 110 farm workers in employment, 40% of whom are women, FNSF became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified coffee estate in January 2012.

Letter of support from 5,000 Brazilian small coffee farmers

In Brazil there are 6,000 small coffee farmers who are members of Fair Trade CertifiedTM small farmer organizations. Today Fair Trade USA received a letter from Coocafe, a Brazilian cooperative made up of 5,000 of these 6,000 small farmers. The translated letter – which has been posted with the permission of Coocafe - expresses their support for broadening the benefits of Fair Trade to include farm workers on large coffee farms while simultaneously strengthening coffee cooperatives to ensure they continue to benefit as well.

Give dad a gift that gives back

Gift Guide Want to put an extra big smile on Dad’s face this year? This Father’s Day, celebrate the Fair Trade way! Browse the Fair Trade USA Father’s Day Gift Guide to select a meaningful gift that positively impacts the lives of many fathers around the world. We’ve got every minute of his Fair Trade Father’s Day covered – from a sip of coffee in the morning to a friendly soccer match in the park.
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