COOPACFSI - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Frontera de San Ignacio
CAC Frontera San Ignacio is located in the San Ignacio province of the Cajamarca region of northern Peru. As its name indicates, it shares borders, or “frontera,” with Ecuador. In 2009, the organization reached 92 percent organic production and it is working towards full organic cultivation. The organization counts with 343 members, and growing.
Thanks to Fair Trade, small farmer organizations like us have been able to regulate prices in the internal market and pay a fair price for contracted labor. ”
José Pintado Chinchay, Member
Thanks to Fair Trade, the cooperative is investing in its peoples, land and businesses to create a better future. ”
Antenor López Saavedra, Member
CAC Frontera San Ignacio spent $22,080 in premium funds on the construction of a new wet mill and coffee dryers that will minimize pollution and toxic runoff.
A Women's Committee
In 2009, the cooperative used $13,120 in premium funds to organize a women’s committee that would provide services to disadvantaged groups of young women. The committee aimed to train these young women in small-scale income generation projects. Program participants learned new skills such as how to raise small livestock for sales and personal consumption.
Burial Service Fund
The cooperative dedicated $1,262 in Fair Trade premium funds for burial services. This support is available for any member, spouse or members' children in the case of a family death.
Subsidizing Coffee Prices
CAC Frontera San Ignacio allocated $16,980 in Fair Trade premiums to give producers a better coffee price than the local market provided.