CECANOR is an organization where 50 percent of members are small producers located in areas of extreme poverty. The organization has prioritized using resources towards capacity building and member empowerment. All of CECANOR’s producers now have additional production areas; have purchased some means of transportation, or a small property in the city. The majority of the members now have goals of furthering the education of their children and many currently have children attending university.
With CECANOR, women have had the chance to participate in community projects and serve as leaders in the community and region. With Café Femenino in place, men have also begun to recognize the education of women is better for their families and for society in general. Women have earned a place of respect and power in the family and abuse of women has decreased considerably.
Fair Trade has improved our quality of life. These last few years we’ve seen better incomes and the majority of producers have been able to purchase additional, small plots of land. Fair Trade has also increased participation by women in the organization and community. Now with our own brand, 'Café Femenino,’ we are able to decide how our incomes will be spent and which of our children will go to school. Before, only our husbands decided what to do with generated incomes. We feel we have more respect at home and in our organization now. Our opinions are listened to and taken seriously. ”
Fair Trade has benefited all members despite us being dispersed throughout Northeastern Peru. We have strengthened our organization with technical assistance programs, trainings and certifications. We can now allow our members to make small investments to improve our holdings and infrastructure, and produce a higher quality product. ”
With the guidance of an Agricultural Engineer, and a technical agronomist, CECANOR’s members are learning how to mitigate against low productivity and short sighted pest control. Certifications such as organic, bird friendly, and Fair Trade allow all of CECANOR’s members to receive more investment and purchases through larger visibility to niche markets.
Fair Trade Premium funds are used as an incentive for member development to continue participating in assemblies and decision making.