ASOANEI - Productores Agroecológicos Santa Marta y Perijá
“What motivates us is the ability to transmit the benefit of Fair Trade to our members, through investments and by paying them the best price for the product.” ”
Nereyda Polo Herrera, Office Manager
Productivity & Quality
ASOANEI members voted to invest the premium in building wet mills, more efficient drying tables, and training technicians, members, and personnel on organic agricultural practices as well as certification compliance. All of these investments were made with the goal of improved quality. Members also had access to improved infrastructure, fertilizer, and new depulping equipment.
ASOANEI used the premium to build new water filtration systems and trained members on how to properly use and maintain the systems in order to ensure longevity of the investment. ASOANEI members also benefit from new electricity and solar powered plants for local schools, improving quality of life. Since combatting generational succession was also identified as a priority, ASOANEI helps cover costs for children of producers to attend school.
In order for members to effectively prepare for the harvest and to provide all necessary inputs to coffee plants, the cooperative voted to implement a microcredit lending program. Through this use of the premium members are able to have the capital they need.