Founded in 1991, the Asprocafé Ingrumá cooperative is located in the western highlands of the state of Caldas, Colombia. All of Ingrumá’s producers live in four protected indigenous zones. Eighty percent of cooperative members are from the indigenous Embera-Chami ethnic group, and nearly 40 percent of Ingrumá’s farmers are women. The cooperative is notable for its sophisticated level of organization, its transparency and its adherence to democratic principles. They became Fair Trade Certified in 1992 and have been exporting coffee to the U.S. since 1999.
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