Aldea Global (Asociación Aldea Global Jinotega de Nicaragua) was founded in 1992 by 22 indigenous farmers in the mountainous region of northern Nicaragua. These Chorotega descendants formed the cooperative to promote sustainable agricultural practices that would help protect their environment and improve their quality of life. Today, with 1,200 members and growing, the association focuses on the growth of the cooperative by promoting efficient commercialization, solidarity and alternative credit services, while maintaining a commitment to the environment. Aldea Global has also made gender equity a priority. Earning Fair Trade certification from Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) in 2004 has helped Aldea Global achieve those goals. Aldea Global has placed in Cup of Excellence international auctions for three consecutive years, including one first-place win. In 2007, Aldea Global was awarded the “2007 Global Vision Award: Community Outreach” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Also in 2007, the cooperative was awarded the “Best Associative Company” of the year by the Association of Producers and Exporters from Nicaragua (APEN). In 2008, Aldea Global was elected to serve on the SCAA Sustainability Committee.
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