COCAFCAL - Cooperativa Cafetalera Las Capucas
Because membership increased it became necessary to built a processing facility to ensure quality and traceability requirements demanded by buyers. ”
Alejandro Mejia,Technical Coordinator
COCAFCAL members are avid coffee farmers. Given the high volatility of the coffee market, it is important for these farmers to diversify their income. COCAFCAL is actively working with farmer members to introduce or expand new crops/products which can generate economic returns. Beekeeping and honey production has proven to be a good source of income for small farmers, women and youth groups. It has the added advantage that it is environmentally friendly and the bees improve the farm ecosystem.
They have allocated premium funds to hire a doctor for their local health center, whose services will be available to everyone in the community, members and non-members alike.
Promotion and Training
COCAFCAL participated in several specialty coffee competitions and local publicity channels. The $131,402 of the premium also went toward trainings on topics such as beekeeping, cupping, and accounting.