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
Microcredit program for members during harvest season
FEDECARES has a microcredit program that provides small loans to help farmers through difficult parts of the growing season and provides funds for commercialization of their coffee.
Scholarships for education and equipment
The premium assist in providing scholarships to members’ children, assist in building new classrooms. Additionally provides local schools with sporting equipment, and runs an adult literacy program.
Construction of new health center
FEDECARES has built new health centers, provides necessary medicine for its members, and has programs to train its associates in first aid practices.
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.