In 1995, a small group of producers from “El Gorrión,” Nicaragua decided to organize themselves into a cooperative to solve the economic crisis omnipresent in their community. Now, 451 Fair Trade producers, 74 of which are women, are growing high quality coffee thanks to the steady precipitation and extensive network of tributaries that flow through the verdant mountains of northern Nicaragua. Fair Trade premiums have enabled producers from “El Gorrión” to invest in the quality of their product and impending development of their community. Four coffee collection centers are spread across the region to facilitate transportation to the new wet mill in the municipality of “El Gorrión,” part of an exciting project called “Strengthening the Coffee Supply Chain” (Fortaleciendo la cadena de valor del café). This cooperative of environmentally and socially conscious producers will flourish as a result of their investment in the future and dedication to the betterment of their community.
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