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.
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
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
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
The cooperative elected to invest their Fair Trade social premium in contracting 6 agriculturalists to provide consulting assistance to members looking to improve the quality of their crops. The cooperative also funded 6 motorcycles for the technical assistants.
Health education on agrochemicals
Members and their children are taught about the safe handling of agrochemicals and PPEs.
Fair Trade funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo warehouses. This will help increase quality and production.
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.