COOPCAFER - Cooperativa Departamental Caficultores Risaralda
I have been here ten years and I have seen how the [health] programs operate more smoothly now that Fair Trade is helping us. Before, we did not travel with the mobile clinic like we do now. We had a vision for a program for the Departmental Coffee Growers’ Committee, but the cooperative at first did not take part in it. I imagine the money from Fair Trade makes this possible now. ”
José Antonio Cruz
In the community of La Unión, there are coffee farmers who delay three, four, five hours – they stay overnight to process their coffee because they don’t have the adequate infrastructure to process their own coffee. Today, they pick the coffee in two hours and take time for their families and themselves because the farms are organized and everything is on site. They do this with a lot of humility, but with a lot of pride. ”
José Fernando Aguirre
Fair Trade programs have constructed several septic tanks to avoid contaminating water sources –springs, streams and brooks. They have also improved our schools. These are really good programs, not only for our education but also for our health. ”
Eudoro Echeverri Mejía
Women's Coffee Cultivation Programs
The cooperative implemented a leadership training program for female members. In 2006, a woman's group made community germinators that benefited more than 150 coffee growers. They have also repaired and calibrated more than 300 de-pulping machines.
Coffee Specialty Tours and Training
The cooperative sponsors coffee quality tours where coffee specialists advise members on how to improve the quality of their product. They also give trainings on how to safely and efficiently manage pesticides, as well as on the correct use of protective equipment and gear.