Producer Profiles

FEDECOCAGUA - Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala

Founded in 1969, the Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala (FEDECOCAGUA) is a large producer and exporter organization representing the interests of an estimated 54 coffee cooperatives in the country, or about 20,000 small to medium-sized farmers in total. Through the organization, members are able to sell, market, and export their coffee to local and mainly international markets. Fair Trade premiums have helped finance new facilities including a water treatment plant and electronic weighing scale for members to use, in addition to providing agricultural products at reduced costs. Fair Trade premiums have also allowed individual cooperatives to build main offices and invest in other production and community improvement projects.
 

Quotable

I take this opportunity to thank FTUSA for your support of producer groups at the SCAA in Portland, with well-deserved congratulations for your excellent and spacious booth in the exhibit hall, the conversations and all the other activities.”  

Gerardo Alberto De León, Marketing Manager

Programs

Two new drying patios and wet mills

Two new drying patios and wet mills were financed with Fair Trade revenue.

Restoration of local health clinics

FEDECOCAGUA invested Fair Trade premiums in the restoration of local health clinics. In Yupitepque, Jutiapa, premium funds were used to install a water pump for the town's health clinic.

New Roof for School

Fair Trade premiums were used to build and improve schools. Children at a school in Cooperative Esperanza del Futuro in Jalapa now have a new roof that keeps out the dampness.