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Producer Profiles

FIECH - Federación Indígena Ecológica de Chiapas

FIECH was formed in 1993 by Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Mame, Chuj and Zoque farmers who united three small cooperatives spread throughout the region. Over the years the Federation has continued to grow and is now made up of 19 cooperatives who represent 24 different communities in Chiapas. After the Federation gained Fair Trade certification in 1996, families have benefited from steadier and higher incomes through Fair Trade sales. The organization no longer relies on middlemen to commercialize their coffee. As a result of participating in international markets directly, FIECH members have become more educated and aware of how to market and sell their coffee to international clients.
 

Quotable

“Our members have found that through cooperative organization and participation in the Fair Trade system, they benefit more compared to conventional producers. Benefits range from improving productivity to upgraded facilities, allowing members to have a dignified and comfortable space to develop all activities inherent in coffee production, local organization, and management.”  

Antonio Morales, CERTIFICATION REPRESENTATIVE

Programs

Technical Training and Supplies

FIECH provided support to members in the form of training, as well as internal and external inspections. Part of the premium investment of $351,027 went toward improving the quality of technical assistance. This fund also supported members in the purchase of technical equipment and supplies, which all helped to maintain organic coffee production and certification for all FIECH producers, and to improve the quality of the final product.