COCAFCAL - Cooperativa Cafetalera Las Capucas
Since we began producing coffee, our lives have steadily improved. Before, people lived almost exclusively in huts made of mud and sticks with straw roofs, today there are no more houses like this. Fair Trade certification has allowed us to improve our lives to a great extent. ”
Isrrael Serrano Mejia, a COCAFCAL founder
We have obtained great results investing our Premium in social programs and diversification to our small producers. It is very important always to keep a good quality of coffee in order to increase sales and trust. ”
José Omar Rodríguez Romero, COCAFCAL Member
My hope is that my children can grow up to be professionals, that I can build a better house for my family, that one day I can have the capacity to help people that are less fortunate than me. Fair Trade makes this dream a possibility. ”
Jose Marel Portillo, 1st place cupping competition
Library with Computers
A portion of the Fair Trade Premium was used to construct a community library. This community investment provides a place for adult and children to learn and attend classes. Additionally it functions as a homework center for their children. The library, holds 11 computers with printers. They also host training classes of how to use computers and other topics.
Diversification of Investment
COCAFCAL has brought a group of woman together and trained them about coffee, making up a coffee advisory team. Their premium was used for training and to supply them with their independent office.
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. Funds are also available to members to cover medication expenses.