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
In response to the Question, "What would you say to a US consumer of your coffee?"
Irene Tavares Vega
When the first Fair Trade meeting was held years ago, myself and the Fair Trade representative were the only women present at the meeting. The other women thought it was men's work. Today the meetings are full of women.
Conceção pez de Costa, 1st woman Fiscal Advisor
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.
Rural schools built for further education
Coocafé built rural schools throughout the region, providing basic education to an average of 1,000 children each year.
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.