Producer Profiles

COCAFCAL - Cooperativa Cafetalera Las Capucas

COCAFCAL, or the Cooperativa Capucas Limitada, is located in western Honduras, in the buffer zone of the Celaque National Park–a cloud forest containing the country’s highest mountain. The organization represents an estimated 12 communities from the municipalities of San Pedro and Corquin in Copan. Together, they work to promote the sustainable development of their local economy through programs offered to members and their families on financial management, technical assistance, production and quality, and marketing. Their primary objectives are to reduce poverty and to increase the standard of living for their community. Their development programs have benefitted approximately 5,000 people in Las Capucas and surrounding regions. The organization’s General Assembly has 10 members, nine of which are women. The General Assembly manages the democratic use of the Fair Trade premium.
 

Quotable

Because membership increased it became necessary to built a processing facility to ensure quality and traceability requirements demanded by buyers.  

Alejandro Mejia,Technical Coordinator

Programs

Health Committee

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.

Diversification

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.