How Fair Trade Has Made a Difference
Production Investment: ASSOPRO members completed their first Fair Trade sale in early 2010. The association voted to use the first round of premium funds to invest in infrastructure and tools for quality improvement. The young association began by renting a space for their office and cooperative headquarters. Later, they purchased scale equipment for measuring humidity and coffee hulling machinery. These type of improvements would enable ASSOPRO to grow while maintaining the high quality of their coffee supply. A used car was also purchased so elected representatives could visit producers in remote and difficult to access areas.