COSAGUAL - Cooperativa de Servicios Agropecuarios Gualcinse
The Fair Trade premium has enabled workers at Cooperativa de Servicios Agropecuarios Gualcinse Limitada to establish various social and productive programs.
The cooperative movement has been a base so that producers see the importance of being organized. Being organized has allowed us to solve many problems and address the needs of members. ”
Marcos Morales, Administrative Director
Productivity and Quality Investment
COSAGUAL invested 70% of their Fair Trade premium in improving the productivity of their cooperative and the quality of their coffee. They purchased machines in the drying process to create a higher quality coffee and more consistency across producers coffee.
The general assembly voted to spend 30% of their Fair Trade premium on a number of different social programs. They set aside money for scholarships for students, medicine for the local clinic, money to donate to a local institution to help homeless families, money to donate to a local sports team to purchase uniforms and equipment, and they also supported the reconstruction of a local historical monument.