COAGRICSAL - Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Antonio
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.
Fair Trade funds have also been invested in providing educational opportunities for cooperative members’ children. Scholarship funds have been created to encourage community youth to stay in school.
15 Student Scholarships
The cooperative elected to award a portion of their Fair Trade funds as scholarships to 15 students. The scholarships were awarded on a merit basis to middle school students to cover the payment of tutors, books, transportation and tuition fees.