COMSA - Café Orgánico Marcala
We invest our Fair Trade Premiums in sustainable activities for COMSA, the producers, their children, and the young people in the communities we influence in order to contribute to the recovery of values and culture, as well as support educational, social, environmental and economic development initiatives. ”
Sonia Mercedes Vásquez Medina
In order to incentivize members to sell to the cooperative, and to encourage on-farm improvement, COMSA invests part of the premium in an extra payment at the time of coffee collection.
COMSA believes in equality in family roles, and thus has invested in strengthening production and commercialization associated with women-produced coffee. It also allows the cooperative another value-add niche in the market. COMSA has also continued investing in members contributing to the local farmers market with produce grown on their farms.
COMSA invests heavily in education, including a program that members train their children, subsidizes lessons at a local Taekwondo school, and teaches youth foreign languages.
Productivity & Quality
COMSA members voted to invest in technical assistance, certification training, and technology transfer, as well as the continuation of the Heifer project that has trained members on and encouraged diversification for food sovereignty and alternative income purposes.