Producer Profiles

APROCASSI - Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples San Ignacio

Located in the mountainous region of the Cajamarca province in Peru, the Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples de San Ignacio, Cajamarca (APROCASSI) was founded in 2000 by small producers committed to earning a fair price for their coffee. This region of Peru is also marked by national and international mining companies who often do not pay laborers a fair wage. APROCASSI formed to give people an alternative to the mining industry.

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.
 

Quotable

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.  

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Programs

Strengthening Organizational Capacity

APROCASSI’s technicians provided technical assistance to their members to achieve and sustain results in sustainable agriculture programs through capacity building in organizational development, financial management, and other areas. APROCASSI’s members had also participated in local and regional trade shows, representing their peers, communities and bringing the voice of small farmers.

Preservation of Ecosystems

To preserve the ecosystems APROCASSI has considered necessary to conduct activities through environmental management and conservation mindful of the natural environment. APROCASSI is promoting activities in these areas in an integrated way. Activities include: soil treatment projects, controlling wastewater and environmental education.