COOCAFE - Cooperativa dos Cafeicultores da Região de Lajinha
COOCAFE is one of several Brazilian producer groups participating in the Responsible Sourcing Partnership (RSP) project. The RSP project is a result of a partnership between USAID, Fair Trade USA, Walmart Stores, Inc. and SEBRAE-MG, designed to improve the quality of Brazilian coffee, increase market linkages and raise producer capacity. Through participation in the RSP project, COOCAFE has improved its infrastructure which has resulted in higher quality coffee, and has benefited from targeted training programs and increased contact with the U.S. coffee market.
Before we didn't have an agronomist and today we do. This has helped improve the quality of our coffee substantially. It was only with the Fair Trade premium that we were able to contract these agronomists. ”
Conceção pez de Costa, member
Fair Trade has helped us with various things, with purchasing medicine and everything we need to purchase for the crops. ”
Irene Tavares Vega
Today Coocafe has over 4,000 members who are small producers. Fair Trade is very important for us. We received a large list from Fair Trade when we got certified in 2005. Today we have been Fair Trade certified for 5 years. ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, Coocafe president
Educate women on coffee cultivation
The cooperative has established a regular meeting for the women of the community. These meetings provide women with courses on coffee cultivation, as well as alternative sources of income for their families.
Health education on agrochemicals
Members and their children are taught about the safe handling of agrochemicals and PPEs.
Garden project for environmental awareness
A garden project was developed in schools throughout the community to raise awareness about cooperativism, the environment and conscious consumption.