Producer Profiles

Cooperativa Agraria de Servicios Múltiples El Milagro

CAC El Milagro was formed in 1983 with 30 small farmers. The group is located near the city of Cajamarca in the “zona alta,” or “high zone,” of central Peru. The group had a rough start due to the country’s political turmoil and violence of the 1980’s and 1990’s. But in 2005, the group formally reorganized around its main objective – the economic empowerment of farmers. Their strategy is aimed at producing a high-quality product marketable and profitable for specialty coffee industries around the world. By increasing their product quality and maintaining organic production practices, the group hopes to earn a better price for their coffee and in return, a better standard of life for their families. The cooperative became Fair Trade certified in 2007 and prides itself on its political, religious and social neutrality.
 

Programs

Farm Improvements and Organic Training

CAC El Milagro invested $4,829 in various improvements to individual farms and an additional $3,195 on training courses for administrative staff and cooperative members. Trainings were held on a variety of topics allowing farmers to learn and apply more efficient practices. As organic farmers, it is important for members to keep up with the latest alternatives to chemical pesticides. About 95 percent of the farmers grow their products without using agrochemicals. The cooperative is aiming for 100 percent organic production.