Producer Profiles

COCLA - Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras

A COCLA producer poses as he uses a de-pulping machine to remove coffee mucilage. Notice cocoa crops hang in the background.
COCLA, or the Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras, is a second-grade Peruvian coffee and cocoa organization determined to contribute to the social and economic development of its member cooperatives – 22 throughout the country representing an estimated 8,000 small coffee and cocoa farmers. The beginnings of COCLA can be traced to 1964 when the results of cooperativism first emerged in the region. Today, COCLA continues to work for the advancement of its members, producing about 600,000 quintals of coffee per year. According to cooperative management, about 50 percent of the region’s coffee is processed and exported through COCLA.
 

Quotable

I want to thank the consumer for making the decision to buy products with the Fair Trade seal because this means they recognize the work of the small farmer. This decision as a consumer is changing the lives of many people. It gives producers hope to continue improving their lives and provide better options for themselves and their children, such as better houses, access to education and health care. These basic services are very difficult to get here in Peru. The producers work with great care to always try to produce a better product.  

Carmen Leon Mamnia, COCLA

Fair Trade is more than an alternative, it gives us new hope.  

Carmen Leon Mamnia, COCLA

Programs

Quality Control Labs

A multiyear plan to construct a quality control lab at each of the 22 base cooperatives was initiated. As of August 2013, five quality labs been completed.

Enhancing Production Management

COCLA funded 23 workshops for base-level cooperative managers designed to improve their production management competencies.

Soil Evaluations

COCLA constructed a soil analysis laboratory to conduct more frequent pH and fertility evaluations which enables farmers to make better-informed decisions about fertilizer use.