Located in the Perené region of central Peru, the Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Perené is a small coffee producer organization founded in 1966. The cooperative has grown to more than 298 members today, but it remains small compared to other producer organizations in the region and country. Its size, however, isn’t an issue in the production of specialty coffee. Using Fair Trade premiums, the organization has developed programs that provide training, technical assistance and capacity building workshops for their members. The organization firmly believes in the development and social investments made to improve members’ and communities’ living conditions. They hope everyone will soon recognize the importance of small coffee producers and their efforts taken to guaranty the delivery of their product, despite challenges in the global market and recent diseases hitting coffee crops.
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