ISMAM - Indígenas de la Sierra Madre de Motozintla
Fair Trade enables us to feed our children better and give them an education. ”
Máximo Pérez Mejía, ISMAM Member
Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Training
Seventy-six trained cooperative members carried out day-to-day training of members in organic practices, which led to 100 percent organic certification for ISMAM combined 24,000 acres of land. Agronomists have assisted members in planting fruit trees as shade for their coffee plants. The citrus fruits are often sold in local markets for supplemental family income.
ISMAM has invested over 565,000 pesos (about $41,358 USD) to construct additional office space and enhance existing production facilities. New meeting spaces were installed in 15 different areas, one new storage warehouse was built and existing facilities repaired.
Scholarships for College Students
The cooperative provides scholarship opportunities for food and housing for farmers’ children pursuing a college degree.