APPTA - Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Talamanca
The co-op remains committed to protecting its surrounding environment through sustainable farming practices. Co-op members implement new and traditional organic production techniques and plant shade trees that not only protect the land, but also provide nutrition, medicines and building materials for their homes.
APPTA became Fair Trade certified in 1997, and currently exports to both Europe and the United States. In 2000, when the international price for cocoa was very low, the Fair Trade price enabled the coop to maintain production and support its members.
Training for Board Members
A fund was created to cover the cost of APPTA Governing Board work sessions with producers in their communities for communication, capacity building, listening and making group decisions.
Social Security Fund
A Social Security fund was created to protect members who become sick and are unable to work.
New Secondary School
With the Fair Trade premium, APPTA was able to build a new secondary school.