SOPPEXCCA - Unión Cooperativas Agropecuarias de Servicios
One of the reasons the organization chose to become Fair Trade Certified™ was because the opportunity for a better price meant improving their standard of living. So far, their vision is to build a better production model through environmental and economically sustainable strategies that ensure the organization's viability. It has been challenging for the cooperatives to produce coffee in a sustainable environment, while keeping a food security strategy in mind that will help increase revenue through the diversification of production. The cooperative is working to improve their productive infrastructure with help from Fair Trade premiums.
Construction of New School
UCA Soppexcca used premium funds to construct a new school, Los Cerrones. The school was much needed because children before had to travel long distances to reach the nearest school. In some cases, younger children had absolutely no access to education. With the construction of a new school, children of cooperative members and nearby communities now have close and safe access to education.
UCA Soppexcca operates a tuition fund for cooperative families and their children.
Agroecology Education Program
The agroecology program, developled by the association, is an alternative education pilot program for farmers’ children. The program integrates primary and secondary technical education in agroecology to promote educational development focused on planning and estate administration.