CECOCAFEN - Central de Cooperativas Cafetaleras del Norte
Because of Fair Trade, the Cooperative can now make social investments from which I can benefit. There is outside support available because we are united and this is also thanks to Fair Trade. I learned to better manage production and administration. I feel that I am achieving a more dignified and fair life. ”
Since 1997, my cooperative financed the salary of a teacher, bought an electrical outlet transformer, and installed plumbing for potable water at the cooperative. ”
Technical Assistance to Increase Coffee Production
A majority of Fair Trade Premiums were used to revitalize coffee fields many of which were drained of nutrients, or ruined due to Roya, or Coffee Rust. Technical assistance has helped producers find different mechanisms to deal with these coffee pests and plagues. Producers are able to mitigate the damage to their crops through learning about how to protect their soils, and deal with humidity, or lack of rain.
Every producer member associated with CECOCAFEN created an investment plan based on what would be the most beneficial to them to increase productivity.