In 1965, 50 small coffee producers from Junín, Peru came together to form the Cooperativa Agraria Cafetelera Satipo Ltda (CAC Satipo). Before the formal organization, producers relied on intermediaries for sales, who paid extremely low prices for their coffee. Communities in the area were poverty-stricken and lacked access to basic education and medical attention. By forming a cooperative, members hoped to cut out middlemen and increase profits from coffee sales and thus improve their quality of life and that of their families' and community. Since becoming Fair Trade Certified TM in 1997, CAC Satipo members have received higher and more stable prices for their coffee, as well as support for a variety of social programs benefitting their community.
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