CAC La Prosperidad - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Prosperidad de Chirinos
Today, cooperative members consider La Prosperidad to be a pillar of economic vitality for their community. It has over 520 active members and growing. Coffee production is the primary activity in this region, providing over 90 percent of the population's income. On average, the members of the La Prosperidad cooperative own 2.7 hectares of land, and most of the labor is provided by family members. Each family also grows vegetables and other crops for consumption.
By joining forces as smallholder farmers and building scale through our organization, Fair Trade premiums have helped us build an organic fertilizer plant that allows us to provide affordable, environmentally-friendly inputs to our members, improve our quality, and improve the income perceived by each member from their coffee. ”
Miguel Esteban Ramirez
Fair Trade has allowed us to support our children’s education, improve our standard of living, produce high quality coffee and better manage our natural resources. ”
Emergency Health Funds
All cooperative members have access to a health fund which pays for basic medical care and treatment of infectious diseases. The cooperative also allocated $2,000 USD in emergency funds for unexpected deaths or serious illnesses.
Scholarships for Members and Children
The cooperative supports education through the purchase of school supplies for members’ children and through the financing of adult education courses in business administration, finance, law and marketing.
Mill Run by Women
The cooperative established a local roasting and milling business, all run by women.