CENFROCAFE - Central Fronteriza Del Norte De Cafetaleros
CENFROCAFE became Fair Trade Certified TM in 2007 which facilitated more direct access to markets and comprehensive information on world market coffee prices. They have strengthened their relationship with international partners while creating a more transparent and just supply chain. Coffee from this cooperative regularly places in the top of Peruvian gourmet coffee competitions.
We are very grateful to consumers who purchase Fair Trade for all their support. With these sales, we are slowly improving our quality of life. We can now make small investments on our homes, health and future, and education is finally a possibility for us. ”
– Elemer Pena, Sales Manager CENFROCAFE
We have much better contact with our clients and have created reliable and trustworthy relationships together. Financial organizations are now more available and willing to work with us. Fair Trade has opened many doors for us. ”
Elemer Pena, Sales Manager CENFROCAFE
Administrative Education Fund
Through this program, administrative training is provided to members who would like to learn about finances, accounting, computer skills, cooperative related issues or any other topic that would benefit members in administrative or managerial positions. Training is provided on an ongoing basis and new topics are continually being added and offered.
Organic Fertilizer Fund
Funds are used by the cooperative to purchase organic fertilizers that in turn are sold at cost to members for the production of organic coffee. Low interest rate loans are offered to members, with a one-year grace period, for the purchase of the organic fertilizers.
Technical Assistance & Capacity Building
In order to increase the production and efficiency of members, engineers and coffee production specialists were hired by CENFROCAFE to provide ongoing training,technical assistance and capacity building to members. In 2002, one member would produce 900lbs of coffee per hectare. Since the creation of this program in 2007, members have increased their production by more than twofold. In 2012, members are reporting the production of 2,100lbs of coffee per hectare. This has been a direct result of the training that members have received from this program.