COAPCL - Chetna Organic Agriculture Producer Company
Garments manufactured from Chetna cotton are completely traceable to the farmers’ fields, where they are extensively trained in quality control and certification standards. In six years, the project expanded from 240 farmers to more than 6,000 farmers mainly from tribal belts in India. Almost all cotton produced is purchased by an organic and Fair Trade Certified factory called Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills Pvt. Ltd. This relationship provides many additional benefits including the creation of contracts from the beginning of the season to secure bank loans for farmers, access to pre-financing of up to 30 percent of cotton harvest, and participation in community development projects such as setting up schools in remote villages. In 2008, 6,000 farmers earned a total of $43,000 in Fair Trade premiums.
Fair Trade is a transparent mechanism of trading with no exploitation from buyers or sellers. ”
New Storage Facilities
Previously, farmers had to risk their families’ health and safety by storing cotton in their homes and selling at high season, which yielded the lowest of profits. Fair Trade premiums have been used to construct a warehouse where cotton can be stored until low season when prices are higher. Farmers no longer have a dangerous fire hazard in their living spaces.
Clear Paths and A New Restroom
In the Keliveli village, located in the Akola district of Maharashtra, India, Fair Trade premiums were used to clear thorny plants from an area where animals are grazed. Funds were also used to construct a women’s restroom. These projects have resulted in important quality of life improvements for farmers and their families.