CECOVASA - Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras Valles Sandia
During one harvest season, I turned in about 1,900 pounds of organic Fair Trade coffee to my cooperative, for which I received more than double the market price. I work hard to produce a high-quality product, I receive a good price and I am not harming the environment. ”
Sabino Coaquira Canazaca, Member
The work is the most important…There are no special coffees, only extraordinary men who produce excellent coffee. ”
Marino Yanapa, President of CECOVASA
Salaries for Program Experts
In 2007, CECOVASA invested $12,000 in Fair Trade Premium funds in salaries for trainers and staff employed to carry out the cooperative's many social and environmental programs.
Women's Empowerment Programs
In order to promote and protect women's roles in rural society, CECOVASA established the Committee for the Development of Women (CODEMU), which provides a forum for discussion and training on topics such as first aid, leadership, gender roles and animal husbandry. The committee's goal is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. More than 775 women participate in CODEMU.
Investing in Productivity
CECOVASA built a cupping laboratory at the central organic coffee storage facility and instituted a quality-control training program at the Peruvian Coffee Board’s cupping laboratory for workers in charge of storage and shipment. Cooperative volunteers installed a sewer system, and the cooperative contributed funds to the construction of a hydroelectric plant in nearby Tunquimayo, which supplies energy to the region. With Fair Trade funds, the cooperative was also able to purchase eight computers, five printers and three photocopiers for its office. It also invested in farming equipment including 40 de-pulping machines, 1,000 pruning saws, and three humidity scales to help maintain de-pulping machines in excellent conditions.