Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH) is a coffee cooperative located in the southern highlands of Chiapas within the buffer zone of the El Triunfo Biosphere. El Triunfo is an area of great ecological importance because it contains two of the most complex and beautiful ecosystems in the world: the cloud forest and the tropical rain forest. El Triunfo’s unique ecosystems are home to an incredible variety of plant and animal species considered rare or in danger of extinction. CESMACH members are deeply committed to practicing sustainable agriculture to protect the biosphere and the natural resources within its boundaries. The organization became Fair Trade certified for coffee in 2001 and in 2003, they were awarded the Ecological Merit Award by the Mexican government for its efforts to protect endangered plant species. The co-op is working towards 100 percent organic methods. CESMACH's members have been able to pay off their debts and make necessary improvements to their homes, thanks to the higher price they receive for the coffee from Fair Trade sales. They now offer full pre-harvest financing for its members assuring farmers with the resources to produce high quality coffee.
Number of Members:
Angel Albino Corzo