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.
We formed our organization because we saw it as the only path to improving our production and sales, while also progressing and achieving a better state of well being for the families in our town. ”
Sergio Muñoz, Member
As a member of CEPICAFE's technical team, I feel committed to the work being done to benefit small producers, and I am ready to continue to contribute to this cause. There is a healthy dialogue between the technical team and the producers which generates trust and solidarity. ”
Aristoteles Neira, Member
As a promoter of agroecology, I want to demonstrate that women can take on responsibilities. I want to showcase our innovative skills in the development sector. ”
Santos Lizana, Member
Rust Prevention & Mitigation Fund
CEPICAFE established a rotating fund for producers to access organic fertilizers and other materials necessary to mitigate the effects of coffee rust.
A Funeral Fund for Members and Families
This fund has been growing for many years now with contributions from Fair Trade premiums. An estimated $200 are allotted to each member to be used for funeraral expenses should the need arise. This fund provides families with additional financial support to cover unexpected funeral costs.
Updated Processing Plant
The plant boasts modern infrastructure for storage, drying, processing and quality analysis. Producers invest in improvements annually to ensure all equipment can continue to produce coffee of the highest quality.