COOPARM - Productores Agropecuarios Rodriguez de Mendoza
The Fair Trade premium has been very important to me. It has allowed me to buy additional land and afford an education for my daughter. I was also able to put a roof on my new house. Before, my wife, my daughter and my in-laws lived in a very rudimentary little house. Things have changed. I am very happy to be a part of COOPARM. ”
Andres Lopez Gomez
Shade Grown Agriculture
Co-op members used Fair Trade premiums to plant trees and create shade for coffee plants.
Women Programs and Management Roles
The cooperative created a women's committee that organizes several activities to engage the female members of families. At COOPARM, women participate on the Board of Directors and in the decision-making process. One female member was appointed to oversee the northern region’s “Women in Coffee” conference. The women's group also focuses on garden maintenance and the raising of small animals.
Road and Transportation Improvements
COOPARM used portions of the Fair Trade premium to improve local roads, especially in rural areas where government services often are slow or nonexistent. Health care, for example, is only possible through community efforts and private funding.