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've been selling to the coop for 15 years now. After Fair Trade, things got a lot better. Fair trade has helped a lot. Before we didn't have have an agronomist and today we do. The coffee has improved a lot because the agronomist are here helping. It was only with the Fair Trade premium that we were able to contract these agronomists... The price is still pretty low for us, but our costs have lowered… the coffee sack project has helped a lot, it benefits everyone, not just a few. ”
Conceção pez de Costa
At the first Fair Trade meeting held years ago, the Fair Trade representative and I were the only women present - other women thought this was men's work. Today, meetings are full of women. ”
Conceção pez de Costa, member
Fair Trade has a lot of benefits because we sell the coffee at a better price and now agronomists come here to help and advise us. It helps pay for the coffee sacks that the cooperative provides us with. ”
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.
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.