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.
Participating in the last SCAA conference in Minesota was a very important experience for us. We had the opportunity as a group of Brazilians to visit Sam's Club-Wal -Mart, where our coffee is being displayed and sold! It was such a rewarding experience to receive the feedback of a consumer who told us that they liked our coffee! This was a great moment for us. ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, Coocafe president
While the price for our product is still a little low, our overall production costs have also lowered. The coffee sack project in particular has helped a lot. It benefits everyone, not just a few. ”
Conceção pez de Costa, member
I hope the US consumer likes our product. We choose to make a good and healthy product. We like good things and want others to enjoy good things too. ”
Irene Tavares Vega, member
Health education on agrochemicals
Members and their children are taught about the safe handling of agrochemicals and PPEs.
Project Live Free
Project Live Free is a public program in the COOCAFE community that focuses on drug prevention as well as the recovery and social reintegration of former addicts.
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.