FAPECAFES - Federación de Cafetaleros Ecológicos de Ecuador
To get good quality coffee you have to follow a specific process, from seedling to post-harvest management. Only through this process can we ensure a healthy product without defects, sold at a price that is fair for us. ”
For me, being a member of FAPECAFES and Fair Trade is very important. Organized work like this improves my family's economic circumstances. The training, diversification, farm improvements and soil conservation result in good production that benefits us all. ”
Senor Gonzales Gaona
Funds for Procurement
The cooperative maintains a rotating fund for purchasing tools, equipment and coffee seedlings.
Health Supplies for Members
FAPECAFES has constructed emergency aid stations equipped with snake anti-venom serum. The cooperative provides members with accident and life insurance. One of the member cooperatives maintains a sales and distribution system for staple foods that members may buy at wholesale prices.
Organic Training and Assistance
The cooperative has established an internal team to assist members with quality control and organic and Fair Trade certification requirements. Several of the cooperatives have instituted cupping programs that help farmers learn about the strengths and weaknesses of their coffee.