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.
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.
Pre-Harvest Credit for Members
Fair Trade premiums are used to provide pre-harvest credit to all members.
New School Equipment
COOPARM supports education by providing new computers and supplies to local schools. In some cases, they have helped fund and construct new classrooms.