Café de Altura de San Ramón Especial
Café de Altura provides benefits to its community and encourages all of its members to take part in the democratic running of the organization. The farmers are looking forward to launching an oral hygiene clinic for the community after receiving their first round of Fair Trade premiums. The shareholders are looking forward to future growth, and have recently taken steps to process their own product. With environmental sustainability and community development on vanguard of their innovative agenda, this company and its final product are a prime example of Fair Trade principles.
“We believe in working together- if we all hold hands and work together, all the community benefits. Fair Trade is a way to continue doing that. We want benefits for the whole community and not only for a few” ”
After Fair Trade sales increase, the farmers of Café de Altura also want to focus on tackling the main problems in the region: creating more economic opportunities for new generations and decreasing migration to the city. They also hope to promote efforts to preserve the environment.
After democratically-electing a Fair Trade committee, the farmers at Café de Altura chose to invest their Fair Trade community development premiums in healthcare. After receiving their first premium payment, the farmers will bring dental care to the community. Considering how expensive dental care is in the region, this program will enable the farmers, their families and their communities to see dentists and get the care they need.