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.
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
It was such a rewarding experience to hear the feedback from a consumer. They told us they liked our coffee - this was such a great moment! ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, president
In addition to providing technical assistance, the coop also does very strong work to promote social programs and the environment. In addition to working with the farmer, we really work to educate his wife just as much and the young people who live in our community. ”
Fernando R. Cerqueira, Coocafe president
Health education on agrochemicals
Members and their children are taught about the safe handling of agrochemicals and PPEs.
Grant for Coffee Sacks
COOCAFE subsidized the total costs of coffee sacks for its members. The cooperative gave sacks to each member in accordance with how much coffee they were selling through the cooperative.
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.