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Producer Profiles

COMSA - Café Orgánico Marcala

COMSA was founded and constituted as part of the Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable (Anonymous Society of Varying Capital) on December 13, 2001 with support from the Rural Business Development Foundation (FUNDER) in Honduras. COMSA was born with the vision of doing something different. It began with a group of 69 small Honduran producers interested in commercializing about 1,537 quintals of the utmost quality coffee to markets, primarily international, with the best trade terms. With the support of Fair Trade premiums, COMSA continues to incorporate new, more environmentally safe agricultural practices and spread new techniques and knowledge to more producers every year.
 

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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

Programs

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.

Producer Organizations

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.

Farmer Finances

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.

Communities

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.