Cooperativa Norandino (Formerly CEPICAFE)
NORANDINO, formerly known as CEPICAFE or the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros, is an association of 90 small-scale coffee cooperatives formed in 1995 in the Piura region of northwestern Peru. Before becoming Fair Trade Certified in 1996, local farmers sold their coffee to local intermediaries at extremely low prices, causing many farmers to leave the region in search of additional work. 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. The Cooperative became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets so that farmers would be paid fairly for their product.
“The biggest challenge for producers is to be constantly improving the quality of their coffee, because with that effort, the producer is guaranteeing her own quality of life.” ”