Today, CAC Divisoria’s infrastructure includes several small stores, laboratories and machinery and equipment used to maintain cocoa bean quality. Fair Trade premiums and collaborations with other NGOs have helped the cooperative develop training programs for its workers, providing substantial help in producing a better product, up to par with international standards and markets, and whose price difference favors the improvement of farmers’ standards of living.
The Fair Trade premium is a valuable economic source that is helping everyone in our organization better understand production techniques. It is helping us staff our technical department, improve production, raise our standard of living and simply strengthen our organization in its entirety. ”
Aurelio Nuñez Marcos, CAC Divisoria member
The Fair Trade premium is allowing all family members of the cooperative to improve their technical skills and obtain better quality coffee. It reminds us of the great value of family and the important role our spouses play. ”
Ignacio Bravo Condezo
Trainings and New Equipment
The co-op provides training in quality control, best agricultural methods and practices, and cupping to its members and their children. With the assistance from one agricultural extension professional, they have purchased new farming equipment to help farmers implement new skills.
Higher Learning Scholarships
CAC Divisoria supports member families by offering varied scholarships to high achieving students in the community. An education scholarship is provided to these students so they may go on to pursue higher education degrees at a college or a vocational school. This is an exceptional opportunity for these students since traditionally, many in the community have limited or no formal education.
Workshops for Women Empowerment
CAC Divisoria offers female cooperative members workshops on issues such as gender and leadership, agricultural diversification, and other general ways or opportunities towards a better quality of life.