Producer Profiles

COAGRICSAL - Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Antonio

The Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Antonio, or COAGRICSAL, was founded in 1995 with one vision – improve the quality of lives in their community and preserve the environment. The harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment is something COAGRICSAL holds sacred. By centralizing their harvesting methods around environmentally sustainable practices, the cooperative acted to revive their effected ecosystems. Today, the cooperative includes 800 members, all of which have benefitted from their Fair Trade certification. Fair Trade premiums have allowed them to invest in community projects that help strengthen livelihoods, health, sanitation and education. From start to finish, farmers pay very close attention to the way their coffee is produced and hold high standards of quality. They sell primarily to specialty coffee markets reaching a variety of consumers on a global scale.
 

Programs

Crop Diversification - Cocoa

Attempting to increase income for families that do not produce coffee in the community, COAGRICSAL initiated a project for fine cocoa cultivation. This project aimed to plant 2,000 acres of cocoa and would offer technical and financial support for the farmers able to work the lands. The cooperative also invested in the creation of a technical department with four certified technicians and one consultant to support Fair Trade and Organic certifications of other farms, making sure all regulations and farmers’ questions are answered.

New Coffee Dryers

The cooperative voted to invest Fair Trade premium in the purchase of two dryers which were desperately needed due to the high volume of coffee produced. With the addition of the new equipment COAGRICSAL is now able to dry its coffee at a much lower cost to producers and offer better quality coffee to buyers.

Women's Business Center

COAGRICSAL is implementing a project exclusively for women members and wives of members. The cooperative is creating a business center where women can create and sell crafts and other products to the community for an additional income.