CEPICAFE; Cooperative Narandino
The cooperative aims to improve the quality of life of coffee-growing families and is an important contributor to the sustainable development of the region. It became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets on a level where farmers would be paid fairly for their product. CEPICAFE prides itself in the direct level of participation and autonomy that its members hold in decisions involving the cooperative.
As a member of CEPICAFE's technical team, I feel committed to the work being done to benefit small producers, and I am ready to continue to contribute to this cause. There is a healthy dialogue between the technical team and the producers which generates trust and solidarity. ”
Aristoteles Neira, co-operative member
We use natural, locally found resources for fertilization. We also use the pulp of coffee for compost as well as a natural products for pest control. ”
Roeli Guerrero, member
When a family member gets sick and has to go to the emergency room, we go to the CEPICAFE committee for a loan. This is a very important resource in the countryside because we do not have health insurance. ”
Adela Alberca, co-operative member
Board of Directors Fund
Part of the premiums received by CEPICAFE go to a fund that allows the Board of Directors to continuously improve the functionality of the organization, as well as strengthen their relationships with members. Board Members use part of these funds to visit communities where they can meet with members and listen to their concerns, suggestions, and gather pertinent information about their supply. The Board is also able to use part of these funds to organize events to bring all members together to have meetings and conferences.
Community Project Fund
To improve the lives of members and assist with the development of their communities, CEPICAFE has invested part of its premiums in providing assistance to manage community projects. This fund suuports two professional consultants who work on projects that have been selected by each community. Past projects include the creation of business plans, the development of efficient production plans and other consulting projects that have provided services for diverse community needs.The consultants provide members with individualized assistance for each community.
A Community Mortuary
Fair Trade gives small scale communities the opportunity to fund community projects that were otherwise thought of as a luxury in a developing country. CEPICAFE invested their premiums in improving their community by building a mortuary.