CENAPROC - Central Asociados de Productores de Cafe
The organic coffee program was established shortly after they founded the organization. In 1997, the group received organic certification from BIOPACHA and has since been additionally certified by BOLICERT and IMO. Their quality has steadily improved with consulting from other Central American coffee technicians. They now process and dry their coffee before it is transported over the Andes to La Paz and onto ships in the ports of Peru. This has significantly improved the quality of the beans because they are already dry and don’t run as much risk of turning moldy during the long journey. They have won several Bolivian cupping competitions and regularly place in the highest rankings of other competitive events.
Fair trade has majorly improved our livelihoods in terms of health, economically and education. Our community has improved by 99% through Fair Trade premium. Recently we were able to reach 0 % in mal nutrition and the communities health has bettered substantially and also our children have been able to receive a secondary education, something that wasn’t possible without the Fair Trade Premium. ”
The cooperative used Fair Trade premiums to build a new classroom for a local junior high school. Fair Trade has also been able to provide these young adults with the supplies to further support their education.
Construction of New School
The cooperative supported the construction of a school in the Nueva Llusta colony, giving more youth access to education and ultimately improving their opportunity to go to college.
Native Plant Restoration Training
CENAPROC hired a technician to train cooperative members to adapt better environmental practices, including how to restore and take care of native plant species.