UCASUMAN - Unión Cooperativas de Servicios Unidos Mancotal
Headquarters and Cupping Lab Construction
In 2008, the General Assembly elected to invest a portion of Fair Trade funds in the construction of the UCASUMAN headquarters, distribution center and cupping lab.
UCASUMAN has used portions of the Fair Trade premium to invest in education. In addition to the construction of a new elementary school, they have established a scholarship program to support students receiving technical training. The General Assembly also assists children with disabilities to access education.
Improving Capacity to Manage Credit
UCASUMAN invested Fair Trade premiums in strengthening the management and organization of the cooperative's credit records. The goal of the financial program was to improve each family's logistical capacity of managing credit in the home, especially families living in the countryside. In addition, families were supplied with desks and stationary to create a work environment in their home.