HUATUSCO - Unión Regional Pequeños Productores Café Huatusco
Today, HUATUSCO has an estimated 3,000 members and provides an additional 3,500 small producers with commercialization and marketing services. As a community organization, they claim to have helped over 25,000 people in the state of Veracruz where they are located. Collectively, the organization finds new and more efficient ways to cultivate and market their high quality Arabica coffee. Direct connections with specialty markets in the United States and Europe have enhanced their production and sales. Women make up a large number of their workforce. Together, they work to overcome current challenges such as globalization and market inconsistencies, and to maintain a value product in the best interest of the community. The organization exports to markets in the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Holland and other European nations.
In 2012, Huatusco because the first Fair Trade partner with Kiva Microfunds and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to pilot a Fair Trade microfinance program. The organization hopes to be able to provide microloans to its members to convert production to organic and to refurbish old farms.
I am grateful to the consumers who support us through their Fair Trade purchases. I hope we can continue to sell our coffee at the Fair Trade price because our lives depend on it. ”
Jaime Rosas Vásquez, Huatusco Member
General Health Programs
Fair Trade premiums haved funded community health programs.
Community Health Care Improvements
The cooperative budgeted $13,600 in Fair Trade premiums to support local health centers. Funds provided new medical equipment, support for existing staff and maintenance and repairs of clinics.
Cancer Screenings and Health Services for Women
Fair Trade premiums enabled the cooperative to provide cervical and breast cancer screenings and other health prevention services to women in the community. They have dedicated over $15,400 to this program, and $8,000 has gone toward the development of a cancer screening clinic at the Huatusco Regional Hospital.