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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.


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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Competitive Prices

APROCASSI was able to offer a higher coffee price for producers due to $341,223 of the Fair Trade premium.

Organizational Strenghtening

In order to provide greater administrative and commercial transparency, as well as more fluid communication with partners, APROCASSI invested $47,556 in coordinating advisory council visits, meetings and payments with lenders, as well as many training workshops covering topics such as harvest, fertilization, coffee plant rehabilitation, shade management, pest and disease control, organic production standards, and general fair trade criteria.


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.