How Fair Trade Has Made a Difference
A woman’s premium is being paid on all purchases of SOPACDI coffee. In recognition of the fact that an estimated 20 percent of members are women, roasters pay an additional 10 cents per pound on an estimated 20 percent of the coffee they purchase (adding about two cents per pound to the overall price). Women farmers have already prioritized their needs once their first premiums became available – an estimated $USD 8,000. They have discussed the need to build a common shelter, pay school fees, maintain coffee field regularly and have medical expenses subsidized if not paid. Women have agreed they would also like to be more engaged in the regional economy.