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Producer Profiles

CAFISUR - Cooperativa de Caficultores del Sur del Tolima

The Cooperativa de Caficultores del Sur del Tolima (CAFISUR) is a cooperative from the Tolima coffee-growing region located in the central part of the Colombian Andes. The cooperative exports their exceptionally high-quality coffee through EXPOCAFE, one of the country’s main coffee exporters. Through EXPOCAFE, Fair Trade has helped coffee cooperatives like CAFISUR receive stable and fair prices and benefit from their contributions to social development programs, especially when the coffee market suffers worrisome lows.

Fair Trade premiums have enabled CAFISUR to establish their own social and productive programs as well. Members of the General Assembly are trying to work with local government organizations and international NGOs to co-finance and implement a new waste-management infrastructure for their coffee production and build basic sanitation systems for workers’ homes. CAFISUR became Fair Trade certified in 2006.


Member Health Services

CAFISUR provides members and their families general health services including dental care, lab work and eye exams. Women are also offered free gynecological exams.

Social-Environmental Plan

Members utilized $2,343 of the premium to work on reforestation, erosion control, and hazardous waste collection in the various cooperative regions. They succeeded in collecting 1,700 kg of pesticide containers which were delivered to the parties responsible for proper disposal.

Technical Training for Members

The cooperative provided training for 97 members and their families in areas such as cooperative structure, coffee machinery, clean production and coffee marketing.