FEDECARES - Federación de Caficultores de la Region Sur
FEDECARES serves as a focal point of the local coffee growing community, bringing together and educating members of small cooperatives from around the region. Today, it is comprised of 26 smaller groups, 184 base associations with 7,800 members within the whole Federation. All members are located in the southern regions of the Dominican Republic.
Before we discovered Fair Trade, I worked myself to exhaustion with no gain. Once the organization began to sell my coffee at the Fair Trade price my situation changed. Now my three sons are in high school, and I want to continue to sell my coffee at the Fair Trade price so I can provide them with a university education. ”
Feliciano Lara Santana, FEDECARES Member
Renovation of infrastructure through more processing equipment
The association has purchased wet, dry, and ecologic processing equipment as part of an infrastructure renovation project that focuses on enhancing coffee quality. The association also provides management capacity building workshops and trainings on post-harvest processing techniques for members.
Farmers have used the Fair Trade Premium to assist with financement of medical assistance for their families or fellow members.
Scholarships for university education
The organization provides financial aide scholarships to members’ children to assist them in obtaining a university education.
Premiums for cost of organic certification
Fair Trade premiums have been used to cover the costs of organic certification.