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Producer Profiles

Cooperativa Norandino (Formerly CEPICAFE)

CEPICAFE’s technical assistance team examines soil. This is a service the organization provides, financed with the FTP.
Formerly known as CEPICAFE or the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros, Cooperativa Norandino 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. 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.
 

Quotable

Fair Trade helps strengthen producer organizations' capacities to be transparent and democratic.  

Juan Ticliahuanca, Member

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

Programs

Credit Fund

Producers that were advanced money for the 2013 harvest season were able to cancel their debts with $71,874 of the premium.

Savings Reserve

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.

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.