Producer Profiles

ASPROCAFE - Asprocafé Ingrumá

Founded in 1991, the Asprocafé Ingrumá cooperative is located in the western highlands of the state of Caldas, Colombia. All of Ingrumá’s producers live in four protected indigenous zones. Eighty percent of cooperative members are from the indigenous Embera-Chami ethnic group, and nearly 40 percent of Ingrumá’s farmers are women. The cooperative is notable for its sophisticated level of organization, its transparency and its adherence to democratic principles. They became Fair Trade Certified in 1992 and have been exporting coffee to the U.S. since 1999.
 

Quotable

Thanks to the Fair Trade market, I’ve had the opportunity to become a delegate for the association and then president of the association. I’ve acquired much knowledge on Fair Trade and how it benefits not just my community, but indirectly to a much wider audience through our social programs and campaigns. Fair Trade has improved our livelihood; there is no doubt about this.  

Evelio Aguirre Tapasco

Fair Trade has to be a relationship of confidence between producers and consumers. We know there are processors in the middle, or other mediators in the market, but in the end, consumers like you are dependent on us, and we are dependent on you. Fair Trade is not just a label, it is a way of life.  

María Rocío Motato Suárez

One of my favorite subjects during school has been Chemistry, and now I want to apply to continue Chemistry at the university level. Until recently, I never had the chance to continue my studies, no matter how much I wanted to. I know this is what I want to succeed in life and thanks to Fair Trade, now it is possible. Fair Trade has given us opportunities. My father is expanding our farm and my sister and I are going to study. Thanks to our coffee, we have become middle class.  

Jason Leonardo Taorta Becerra

Programs

Supporting Organic Transitions

Fair Trade premium funds were used to cover the costs of organic certification and provide small farmers with technical training throughout the entire process of organic transition.

Improved Water Systems

With Fair Trade funds, the cooperative was able to upgrade their water sources and supply more than 108 families with drinking water. These improvements also reduced contamination from runoff and non-biodegradable trash.

School Lunches

The cooperative invests a portion of Fair Trade funds in school lunches for over 1,000 low income students attending 67 different schools. They also awards scholarships to selected members' children attending universities outside the municipality of Río Sucio, and 35 students attending an agricultural technical program at the University of Santa Rosa de Cabal.