UDEPOM - Unión de Ejidos Profesor Otilio Montaño
Unión de Ejidos Profesor Otilio Montaño (UDEPOM) is a coffee cooperative located in the Sierra Madre region of Chiapas near the Guatemalan border, a region that has traditionally suffered from poor infrastructure, unemployment, high illiteracy rates and low life expectancy. Local coffee farmers from diverse ethnic groups formed UDEPOM to combat these problems by seeking stable and fair prices for their coffee and directly access international markets. UDEPOM was subsequently Fair Trade Certified in 2003. Members are committed to sustaining their natural resources and they pioneered organic agriculture in the area. The indigenous Mayan cooperative members use traditional knowledge as their basis for organic farming methods, in addition to trainings financed through Fair Trade premiums.
Low Interest Loans
Fair Trade premiums were used to create a micro-lending program for members at low interest rates.