“In the past, we may go a long way but still cannot find a good coffee buyer. Since joining the cooperative, it helps us to negotiate for a good price! The primary school that my six children go to is constructed using Fairtrade Premium.” – Bayene Wako, Coffee farmer, Yirgacheffe
Fair Trade not only brings price stability, it also gives the producers a Fairtrade Premium to improve their local community. The farmers’ cooperative invested the Fairtrade Premium in community projects such as the construction of local infrastructure, improvement of farming techniques, and the support of local education.
Created in 1993, PRODECOOP represents the interests and well being of its 2,300 members, 30 percent of whom are women. PRODECOOP supports many social projects to improve the livelihood of the producers, such as food support programs and food safety training. It also provides training on agricultural management and the restoration of coffee trees to enhance productivity.
“Since the cooperative obtained Fair Trade certification, the coffee that I grow can get a reasonable price.” – Alcides Martine, Coffee farmer, Sidamo
The co-op that he joined is famous for garden coffee in which the coffee trees are organically grown in low density in coffee gardens.
「我希望可以為家人建立一個更好的房子，孩子長大後能成為專業人士，而我能幫助比我不幸的人。公平貿易使這個夢想成為可能。」Jose Marel Portillo是COCAFCAL農民。COCAFCAL聚集小農戶一起種植有機和公平貿易的咖啡，減少貧困和改善農村社區的生活。COCAFCAL的成立，已令約2500人獲益。
“I hope to build a better house for my family, my children can grow up to become a professional, and that I can help people who are less fortunate than me. Fair Trade has made this dream possible to me.” – Jose Marel Portillo, member of COCAFCAL. COCAFCAL is located in western Honduras, it aims to reduce poverty and increase the living standard of their community by gathering small-scale farmers to grow organic and fair trade coffee.