CECOCAFEN - Central de Cooperativas Cafetaleras del Norte
I am able to study Economics at the University with help from a scholarship. My parents were able to put me through high school but could not afford to send me to a University. One year after high school a scholarship opportunity arose. Myself and twelve others benefited from scholarships funded by Fair Trade. ”
Since 1997, my cooperative financed the salary of a teacher, bought an electrical outlet transformer, and installed plumbing for potable water at the cooperative. ”
Because of Fair Trade, the Cooperative can now make social investments from which I can benefit. There is outside support available because we are united and this is also thanks to Fair Trade. I learned to better manage production and administration. I feel that I am achieving a more dignified and fair life. ”
Various productive investments
CECOCAFEN spent Fair Trade premium money on a Toyota truck and repairs of a local road. They also installed communication equipment, electrical material, a managership information system and a management quality system.
Credit Program for Women
CECOCAFEN elected to use the Fair Trade social premium to cover the operating costs of a newly established GMAS-credit program. This financial assistance program was created specifically for women, providing them with an alternative source of funding.
Better Roads for Communities
Fair Trade premium revenues funded an internal road project. Roads were built in communities where members were present.