Producer Profiles

Coop Norandino / CEPICAFE

CEPICAFE’s technical assistance team examines soil. This is a service the organization provides, financed with the FTP.
Formerly known as CEPICAFE or the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros, Cooperativa Norandino is an association of 90 small-scale coffee cooperatives formed in 1995 in the Piura region of northwestern Peru. Before becoming Fair Trade Certified in 1996, local farmers sold their coffee to local intermediaries at extremely low prices, causing many farmers to leave the region in search of additional work.

This organization of cooperatives aims to improve the quality of life of coffee-growing families and is an important contributor to the sustainable development of the region. It became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets on a level where farmers would be paid fairly for their product. Cooperativa Norandino prides itself in the direct level of participation and autonomy that its members hold in decisions involving the organization.
 

Quotable

As a member of CEPICAFE's technical team, I feel committed to the work being done to benefit small producers, and I am ready to continue to contribute to this cause. There is a healthy dialogue between the technical team and the producers which generates trust and solidarity.  

Aristoteles Neira, Member

We formed our organization because we saw it as the only path to improving our production and sales, while also progressing and achieving a better state of well being for the families in our town.  

Sergio Muñoz, Member

Fair Trade helps strengthen producer organizations' capacities to be transparent and democratic.  

Juan Ticliahuanca, Member

Programs

Rust Prevention & Mitigation Fund

CEPICAFE established a rotating fund for producers to access organic fertilizers and other materials necessary to mitigate the effects of coffee rust.

Updated Processing Plant

The plant boasts modern infrastructure for storage, drying, processing and quality analysis. Producers invest in improvements annually to ensure all equipment can continue to produce coffee of the highest quality.

A Funeral Fund for Members and Families

This fund has been growing for many years now with contributions from Fair Trade premiums. An estimated $200 are allotted to each member to be used for funeraral expenses should the need arise. This fund provides families with additional financial support to cover unexpected funeral costs.