Today, CAC Divisoria’s infrastructure includes several small stores, laboratories and machinery and equipment used to maintain cocoa bean quality. Fair Trade premiums and collaborations with other NGOs have helped the cooperative develop training programs for its workers, providing substantial help in producing a better product, up to par with international standards and markets, and whose price difference favors the improvement of farmers’ standards of living.
The Fair Trade premium is allowing all family members of the cooperative to improve their technical skills and obtain better quality coffee. It reminds us of the great value of family and the important role our spouses play. ”
Ignacio Bravo Condezo
The Fair Trade premium is a valuable economic source that is helping everyone in our organization better understand production techniques. It is helping us staff our technical department, improve production, raise our standard of living and simply strengthen our organization in its entirety. ”
Aurelio Nuñez Marcos, CAC Divisoria member
Higher Learning Scholarships
CAC Divisoria supports member families by offering varied scholarships to high achieving students in the community. An education scholarship is provided to these students so they may go on to pursue higher education degrees at a college or a vocational school. This is an exceptional opportunity for these students since traditionally, many in the community have limited or no formal education.
Family farms tend to invest as much as possible into their coffee production and can find themselves in need of financial assistance when personal healthcare becomes an issue. CAC Divisoria unanimously supports farmers in those critical times when medical assistance is needed for emergencies, surgeries, and other general healthcare needs. A stipend is provided to those coop members that find themselves in need of medical assistance to be able to actually receive the necessary treatment.
Using Fair Trade guidelines as the outline for this expansion, over 46,000 meters sq. of land have been purchased by CAC Divisoria to provide extended production opportunities to its members. More members are now able to increase their potential income by having access to more usable land.