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
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
Community Health Investment
COCAFCAL has been working closely with Herfeir International to develop a food security and nutritional plan for their community.
Community Environmental Stewardship Campaign
COCAFCAL invested $1,000 in Fair Trade premiums in an environmental campaign to promote the maintenance of community spaces and reduce litter. The cooperative paid for the construction and installation of twenty garbage dumpsters close to local schools, churches, health clinics and grocery stores. Banners with environmental messages were painted on the dumpsters. The cooperative coordinated presentations for school children on the proper handling of garbage, cleaning and community space stewardship. COCAFCAL also organized a film festival to screen environmental movies and organized a skit where the main character, the “Lorax,” teaches the audience principles of conservation and environmental stewardship.
Special Coffee Competitions
COCAFCAL helped fund their producers to participate in a local Special Coffee competition, to obtain national recognition and boost up their sales.