APROCASSI - Asociación Provincial Cafetaleros Solidarios San Ignacio
APROCASSI continually seeks to produce high-quality coffee and to improve its members’ standard of living through higher prices. They regularly invest in programs that teach members how to improve coffee quality and productivity. Most families work on approximately seven hectares of land and grow a variety of products, including coffee in the higher elevations. Roughly 93% of their products are organic.
Since becoming Fair Trade Certified™ in 2001, the cooperative has financed several social and productivity programs using its Fair Trade premium. Portions of their premium are also used to pay producers immediately for their coffee sales.
APROCASSI was also awarded Fair Trade USA’s first ever Cooperative Small Grant to enact a rust mitigation program through environmental management in which they went through a rigorous grant selection process where they identified the challenges they were facing and proposed concrete solutions to overcome these challenges.
We try our best to produce high quality coffee in balance with nature, as well as give support to our producers. We distribute the income transparently back to the producers, directly benefiting not only our cooperative, but our community. ”
Fair Trade has been our savior for production and a refuge from the difficult times in the market. ”
We are very excited to be selected winners amongst the various proposals. This grant will allow us to create a management plan to mitigate the problem of Roya that is affecting our plants and consequently the well being and livelihood of our coffee farmers and families. ”
Luis Fernando Peña Parra, General Manager
Coffee Quality Improvements
The association purchased four new coffee drying machines with their Fair Trade premium, which enabled members across communities to improve consistency by reducing the risk of fermentation damage that often occurred on drying patios. They also constructed storage centers, which greatly reduce the transportation time and cost for members.
Credit Loan Program
Producer families often find themselves without the cash necessary to cover unforeseen events such as a health emergency or a death in the family. APROCASSI has a fund where producers can borrow money to pay for these situations.
In 2008, APROCREDI was formed as an organization that would support lines of credit for APROCASSI members. They provide loans for everything related to pre and post harvest needs, as well as the rebuilding of a producer’s farm.