ASOANEI - Productores Agroecológicos Santa Marta y Perijá
Their strategic plan for the future incorporates social, environmental, and cultural initiatives. They seek to improve living conditions for members by implementing food security programs, education, and infrastructure, and they strive to protect the traditional values of indigenous and small farmer communities by purchasing land for the Mamos (traditional indigenous authorities) and by reconstructing ceremonial sites for ancestral cultural practices. They are deeply committed to maintaining the harmony between humans and nature, which has led them to develop many environmental protection programs, including soil recovery, integrated solid waste management practices, and wildlife preservation.
ANEI is a dream come true, thanks to the good energy of all our producers. ”
Aurora Maria Izquierdo, Producer Member
At ANEI, we pay tribute and perform rituals to our coffee as we do with all other things in our Universe.” ”
Mamo Jose Gabriel Alimaco, Producer Member
In order to improve sanitary conditions, ANEI constructed 25 bathrooms in the homes of growers.
Cupping and Quality Laboratory
ANEI invested premium funds into setting up a cupping laboratory, which allows them to ensure their coffee is of the highest qualtiy. With this equipment, they are also developing a procedure to categorize the traits of coffees from different regions.
After severe rainy seasons in recent years, ANEI voted to invest in two coffee dryers to improve quality and to facilitate the process of preparing cherries for transport.