Cooperativa Norandino (Formerly CEPICAFE)
This organization of cooperatives aims to improve the quality of life of coffee-growing families and is an important contributor to the sustainable development of the region. It became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets on a level where farmers would be paid fairly for their product. Cooperativa Norandino prides itself in the direct level of participation and autonomy that its members hold in decisions involving the organization.
Norandino has encouraged members to create a savings fund with the premium earnings, managed by the cooperative. In 2014, 2,500 members saved 10 soles per quintal of coffee delivered to the cooperative. In the two years that this project has been implemented, members have saved $321,017. Norandino believes this helps members feel that they are a part of the cooperative.
Producers that were advanced money for the 2013 harvest season were able to cancel their debts with $71,874 of the premium.
Machinery and Maintenance
Norandino invested $50,000 in improving the coffee processing plant.