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Producer Profiles

UESF

UESF represents producers from the municipalities of San Fernando, Ocozocoautla, Villa Corzo, La Concordia, Siltepec, Angel Albino Corzo, Bella Vista, Chicomuselo, Montecristo, Amatenango and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Producers initially came together to form the organization to provide a market alternative to middlemen. The organization also came to address the basic concerns of their members, working to elevate their social and economic conditions, respecting the environment, and conserving natural resources. These principles led UESF to transition to organic production. Another means of generating additional income for members was through their own roasted and ground coffee, the Biocafe brand, launched in 1997, which has become one of the most widely recognized brands at the regional level.
 

Quotable

“Accountability and transparency - Fair Trade is like a window that allows you to learn more about the international market. Due to the loss of an important buyer last year, we were desperately looking for new clients and thanks to Fair Trade USA we succeeded. The link between different players of the supply chain allows a direct relationship, and generates security and confidence.”  

Silvia Herrera, COMMERCIAL MANAGER

Programs

Productivity & Quality

Coffee farming involves a number of variables and clear feedback is vital to giving producers the information they need to continuously improve the quality and sustainability of their coffee. Both up-to-date, relevant information on each farmer and specific technical feedback on new growing and management techniques, are essential to develop a baseline to be used in the future as input for UESF’s Sustainable Plan.

The cost effective preventive maintenance management program was developed by UESF’s technical team to help its members keep their farms productive. UESF is also optimizing coffee quality by way of centralized dry milling infrastructure.

Producer Organizations

Administration

Farmer Finances

Due to an efficient administration and a higher market price, UESF was able to compensate its members with a second payment. This payment allows producers to be more involved in their communities by choosing to invest in building classrooms or implementing a preventive health care program. The decision to designate part of the premium as second payment is made democratically by the members of the coop.