ASOANEI - Productores Agroecológicos Santa Marta y Perijá
Their strategic plan for the future incorporates social, environmental, and cultural initiatives. They seek to improve living conditions for members by implementing food security programs, education, and infrastructure, and they strive to protect the traditional values of indigenous and small farmer communities by purchasing land for the Mamos (traditional indigenous authorities) and by reconstructing ceremonial sites for ancestral cultural practices. They are deeply committed to maintaining the harmony between humans and nature, which has led them to develop many environmental protection programs, including soil recovery, integrated solid waste management practices, and wildlife preservation.
ANEI is a dream come true, thanks to the good energy of all our producers. ”
Aurora Maria Izquierdo, Producer Member
At ANEI, we pay tribute and perform rituals to our coffee as we do with all other things in our Universe.” ”
Mamo Jose Gabriel Alimaco, Producer Member
Fair Trade has helped us organize ourselves. After some time being autonomous, it is strengthening us as a community and organization, primarily because it supports our members and the general community in improving their quality of life. ”
Aurora María Izquierdo Torres, ASOANEI
ASOANEI used Fair Trade Premiums to fund the construction of a sustainable coffee mill. This program is co-financed by the Departmental government of Cesar in an effort to build coffee processing facilities that will have a lesser impact on the environment. This project, for which ASOANEI dedicated $700 in premium funding, will allow the cooperative to implement more sustainable method for processing their coffees.
Organizational Training and Fair Trade Dialogues
ASOANEI dedicated $402 in Fair Trade premium funds in 2009 to organizational strengthening among of Fair Trade cooperatives throughout the region. The program was designed to connect groups of Fair Trade farmers throughout the coffee growing region and provide a forum for them to discuss their challenges and best practices in their experiences with Fair Trade. ASOANEI together with other cooperatives met in a series of exchanges to strategize on how to best deal with similar problems relating to a wide range of topics including market conditions and infrastructural problems. ASOANEI also arranged meetings of in communities for of women and children were organized to discuss the unique problems and issues of each subregion. This program has helped build relationships between small producer organizations.
ASOANEI has created a microcredit fund for its members with Fair Trade Premium funds. The fund supports members in each cooperative region by allowing them to borrow resources to better their homes and farms.