JUMARP - Cooperativa Agraria Juan Marco El Palto
My name is Israel Carranza Montenegro and I have been a member of JUMARP since 2003. Being a member of JUMARP has helped me manage my land better with new production techniques. Before, we farmed without being careful of conserving trees, animals, or the forest. Before JUMARP was created, I was paid low prices for my coffee and was not able to pay for my children’s education. Now, with the new price we receive for our better quality coffee, our economic position has improved and our children attend school outside of the community. Before, we didn’t know where our coffee was exported; with JUMARP and the Fair Trade system we know exactly where our coffee goes, which businesses, and exactly what price has been paid. There is better management during the commercialization of our coffee. Being members of JUMARP has helped us become more solidified as a group and community. ”
Israel Carranza Montenegro
JUMARP invested the premium in their technical and field extension staff, whose purpose is to conduct site visits in order to assist producer members and conduct internal inspections. Premium also went towards administrative and technical trainings, including accounting and production best practices.
Part of the premium was used as a second payment to help further compensate producers, particularly when the market is low.
JUMARP created a social fund dedicated to supporting the women’s committee so that it can invest in entrepreneurial capacity-building and participation. Another fund was created to support members with the costs associated with personal loss.
Productivity & Quality
JUMARP invested in wet mill, storage, and cupping lab infrastructure. JUMARP also used the premium to supply members with fertilizers, and hands-on technical training through on-farm visits.