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.
CECANOR seeks to strengthen community level organizations through premium resources, meetings, printed material such as newsletters, participation in events, a mortuary fund, and village committees.
Activities are primarily aimed at capacity building of senior management and the internal control system, as well as the promotion of leadership in women and youth, creating equal opportunities for women and men. This is achieved through workshops and meetings.