APROCASSI - Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples San Ignacio
APROCASSI continually seeks to produce high-quality coffee and to improve its members’ standard of living through higher prices. They regularly invest in programs that teach members how to improve coffee quality and productivity. Most families work on approximately seven hectares of land and grow a variety of products, including coffee in the higher elevations. Roughly 93% of their products are organic.
Since becoming Fair Trade Certified™ in 2001, the cooperative has financed several social and productivity programs using its Fair Trade premium. Portions of their premium are also used to pay producers immediately for their coffee sales.
APROCASSI was also awarded Fair Trade USA’s first ever Cooperative Small Grant to enact a rust mitigation program through environmental management in which they went through a rigorous grant selection process where they identified the challenges they were facing and proposed concrete solutions to overcome these challenges.
We try our best to produce high quality coffee in balance with nature, as well as give support to our producers. We distribute the income transparently back to the producers, directly benefiting not only our cooperative, but our community. ”
APROCASSI was able to offer a higher coffee price for producers due to $341,223 of the Fair Trade premium.
Preservation of Ecosystems
To preserve the ecosystems APROCASSI has considered necessary to conduct activities through environmental management and conservation mindful of the natural environment. APROCASSI is promoting activities in these areas in an integrated way. Activities include: soil treatment projects, controlling wastewater and environmental education.
Strengthening Organizational Capacity
APROCASSI’s technicians provided technical assistance to their members to achieve and sustain results in sustainable agriculture programs through capacity building in organizational development, financial management, and other areas. APROCASSI’s members had also participated in local and regional trade shows, representing their peers, communities and bringing the voice of small farmers.