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CAC La Prosperidad - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Prosperidad de Chirinos

CAC La Prosperidad (Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Prosperidad de Chirinos) is a cooperative located in the Andean province of San Ignacio in northeastern Peru. In 1968, a group of 35 small-scale farmers with a strong desire to foster social change and achieve economic self-sufficiency founded CAC La Prosperidad. Coffee production is the primary activity in this region, providing over 90 percent of the population's income. Today, cooperative members consider CAC La Prosperidad to be a pillar of economic vitality for their community.

Today, cooperative members consider La Prosperidad to be a pillar of economic vitality for their community. It has over 672 active members and growing. Coffee production is the primary activity in this region, providing over 90 percent of the population's income. On average, the members of the La Prosperidad cooperative own 2.7 hectares of land, and most of the labor is provided by family members. Each family also grows vegetables and other crops for consumption.
 

Quotable

By joining forces as smallholder farmers and building scale through our organization, Fair Trade premiums have helped us build an organic fertilizer plant that allows us to provide affordable, environmentally-friendly inputs to our members, improve our quality, and improve the income received by each member from their coffee.  

Miguel Esteban Ramirez, Producer

Programs

Farmer Finances

CAC La Prosperidad used the premium as capital for the cooperative, as well as to pay a bonus at the end of the season to members based on quality. The cooperative was also able to dedicate 5 PEN per quintal towards a savings fund for members.

Communities

CAC La Prosperidad used the premium to help compensate 20 producers for the loss of family members.

Producer Organizations

CAC La Prosperidad invested in technical assistance and cupping staff, and trainings for members on quality improvement. Organizational investments also went towards workshops and events for members, directors, and workers to develop their teamwork skills for the advancement of the cooperative.

Productivity & Quality

The premium allowed CAC La Prosperidad to purchase cement and fertilizer to build drying patios and increase farm productivity.