COMSA - Café Orgánico Marcala
COMSA invested $593,990 in three projects that included activities around recovering farms affected by coffee leaf rust that covered around 348 members to increase their productivity by 35% on average. The threat of roya also prompted COMSA to make drastic changes to the traditional farming lifestyle. Generally COMSA’s members’ only source of income was from their coffee sales, which left anything else they grew as just enough for consumption. COMSA prioritized capacitating members in developing a diversification strategy with the goal of generating separate and sustainable revenue streams. They are in their second year of a two-year, joint project, together with assistance from Heifer International. New sources of income include bee-keeping and farmers’ markets.
COMSA invested $20,411 to increase the participation of women and youth by providing them with comprehensive training and development of business projects.
Access to Services and Basic Needs
COMSA invested $94,146 in the education of members’ children, a big part of the organization’s strategy.