CECOVASA - Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras Valles Sandia
The work is the most important…There are no special coffees, only extraordinary men who produce excellent coffee. ”
Marino Yanapa, President of CECOVASA
During one harvest season, I turned in about 1,900 pounds of organic Fair Trade coffee to my cooperative, for which I received more than double the market price. I work hard to produce a high-quality product, I receive a good price and I am not harming the environment. ”
Sabino Coaquira Canazaca, Member
Education for Farming Families
With support from Fair Trade revenues, thousands of families have been able to send their children to school, with many also pursuing a higher education.
Marketing and Communications
As one of Peru's largest coffee cooperatives, CECOVASA has a big job to do when it comes to marketing its products. The General Assembly voted in 2007 to invest $14,500 in Fair Trade Premiums for its marketing and communications efforts.
Salaries for Program Experts
In 2007, CECOVASA invested $12,000 in Fair Trade Premium funds in salaries for trainers and staff employed to carry out the cooperative's many social and environmental programs.