APECAFEQ - Asociación de Pequeños Caficultores de Quinchia
Without the resources from Fair Trade, the association wouldn’t have been able to finance new projects aimed at improving hygiene, such as the new bathrooms and septic systems installed. For coffee farmers, hygiene is amongst their greatest needs and now, many members are enjoying these benefits. ”
Alberto Becerra, APECAFEQ Member
Education for All
APECAFEQ provides scholarships to hundreds of members, their spouses and children to access primary, secondary and university educations. Capacity development training is also provided in the form of seminars, workshops, meetings and sometimes a special coffee cupping course for members, children and employees.
Rotating Credit Program
APECAFEQ maintains a rotating credit fund for its members for loans to help improve farms, or to generate other small businesses. The credit system is open to spouses and of-age children.
Productive Capacity Investment
APECAFEQ uses Fair Trade premiums to reduce debts and build the financial viability of the cooperative. It has funded improvements to storage facilities, coffee drying shelters and purchased spare parts for pulpers. They also conduct soil analyses and recommend methods for land rejuvenation.
New Systems and Technical Assistance
The cooperative provides training in organic farming methods and hired a technical adviser to assist members with organic conversion. They have implemented a new waste management system for the community in order to protect the area’s water and assist members with the installation of septic systems.