Ipanema Coffees - Ipanema Agricola SA
Committed to both social and environmental responsibility, the farm founded the Ipanema Institute in 2000 to develop social projects for the workers and their communities. The projects focus on everything from education and volunteer work, to occupational health and safety, and ecosystem conservation. Ipanema Agricola sees Fair Trade certification as a natural path towards increased investment in their workers, their families, and the land.
The Fair Trade premium will be an investment in my family. ”
Francisco Alvez Balduino
Through the worker committee, Minas Triangle Association, it is possible to further expand the participation of the employees in decision-making, since they are able to identify and act directly on the social demands of the community where they live. ”
After democratically-electing a Fair Trade committee, the farm workers at Ipanema Agricola plan to invest their Fair Trade community development premiums in healthcare programs. Workers currently have access to a health plan, but there is a co-payment that is often difficult for workers to pay. Getting better access to healthcare is very important to them.
The workers have also discussed implementing projects that provide access to more and better food for their families and their communities
Computer Courses for Farm Workers
The workers committee of Ipanema Agricola directed a portion of their Fair Trade premium to provide access to computer courses for farm workers in the towns of Conceição do Rio Verde and Cambuquira in Minas Gerais. Students ranging in ages 30 to 60 gained valuable skills becoming computer literate.
Expanding Access to Child Care
Child care for the children of farmworkers was vastly improved with the renovation of the Home of Mary daycare. Improvements to the dining and bathroom facilities along with the construction of a new room have allowed for the expansion of care to the children of temporary workers during the harvest period from April to August.