COARENE - Cooperativa Agropecuaria Regional Nuevo Eden
Before I became a member of COARENE, I used to sell my coffee to intermediaries and I hardly ever made a profit. Now that I am a member of a Fair Trade cooperative and produce organic coffee, things are beginning to change—I’ve been able to improve my family home’s floors and roof, and I have enough money to send my children to school. ”
Rogelio López, Member
Eco-Friendly Mills, Animal Husbandry, Free Machine Maintenance
The cooperative has purchased drying ovens, installed ecological wet mills and built storage facilities and drying patios. Annual maintenance of machinery is provided for all members. Recently, the cooperative has also supported a program in which members raise and sell honey bees for the local market. This is in addition to a small, but active, animal husbandry program and the regular distribution of grains to its members.
Funds for Organic Certification and Home Improvements
COARENE pays for the organic certification of interested members and offers a basic line of credit to members to purchase appropriate fertilizers and seeds. This credit line is also used for home improvement loans, significantly reducing farmers' dependence on external financiers.
Scholarships and School Supplies
COARENE provides materials to improve local schools and has initiated a scholarship program for members’ children.