Boa Esperança - Coop Cafe Especial Boa Esperança Dos Costas
Associação Dos Costas is one of fifteen Brazilian Fair Trade certified producer groups that participated in the 2007-2010 Responsible Sourcing Partnership (RSP) project. The RSP project is a result of a partnership between USAID, Fair Trade USA, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and SEBRAE-MG, designed to improve the quality of Brazilian coffee, increase market linkages and raise producer capacity. Through the partnership, Associação dos Costas participated in cooperative governance, business management, cupping and post-harvest best practices trainings to improve their product quality.
Today, I am conscious of the environment. I am aware that in doing so, I am improving my quality of life and that of my family's. I feel proud to participate in the association. I feel I am valued as a producer and I am making new friends. I am also acquiring new and valuable knowledge on sustainable agriculture. ”
Antonio Fernandes, Associação dos Costas Member
With community development premiums, the cooperative purchased a truck and a depulping machine with a stone mill for members' use. It also used Fair Trade premiums to continue offering trainings in improving quality.
Rehab and Dental Health Programs
A partnership with the local government helped the organization provide dental service and a drug rehabilitation program to association members and community residents.
School Materials and Computer Lab
Associação Dos Costas dedicated a portion of their Fair Trade to fund materials and equipment for the local kindergarden. They also constructed a computer lab in the Community Center, open to all, not just association members.