Today, CAC Divisoria’s infrastructure includes several small stores, laboratories and machinery and equipment used to maintain cocoa bean quality. Fair Trade premiums and collaborations with other NGOs have helped the cooperative develop training programs for its workers, providing substantial help in producing a better product, up to par with international standards and markets, and whose price difference favors the improvement of farmers’ standards of living.
The Fair Trade premium is a valuable economic source that is helping everyone in our organization better understand production techniques. It is helping us staff our technical department, improve production, raise our standard of living and simply strengthen our organization in its entirety. ”
Aurelio Nuñez Marcos, CAC Divisoria member
The Fair Trade premium is allowing all family members of the cooperative to improve their technical skills and obtain better quality coffee. It reminds us of the great value of family and the important role our spouses play. ”
Ignacio Bravo Condezo
In coordination with the Ministry of Health, the co-op provides nutrition classes for its members and families.
Workshops for Women Empowerment
CAC Divisoria offers female cooperative members workshops on issues such as gender and leadership, agricultural diversification, and other general ways or opportunities towards a better quality of life.
Using Fair Trade guidelines as the outline for this expansion, over 46,000 meters sq. of land have been purchased by CAC Divisoria to provide extended production opportunities to its members. More members are now able to increase their potential income by having access to more usable land.