APROCASSI - Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples 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.
APROCASSI invested $11,500 USD in training and payment for internal inspection services, travel costs, food, fuel, and materials. This contributed towards the cooperative’s ability to sell to specialty markets.
In order to properly represent, promote, and market the cooperative in local, regional, national, and international events, APROCASSI invested $46,098 in laptops and accounting software, as well as infrastructural materials including transportation and a ceiling for a storage center in Jaén.
APROCASSI was able to offer a higher coffee price for producers due to $341,223 of the Fair Trade premium.