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
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.
Subsidized Medical Care
The cooperative established an emergency relief fund for members’ medical care. In 2006, COOPARM came to an agreement with the National Department of Health to subsidize medical examinations for its members. Members pay only 30 percent of the total cost and COOPARM pays the rest. Many services, including x-rays and blood tests, are covered during examinations.
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.
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.