CAC La Florida - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida
Since 1966, the organization has grown to include 984 members at its peak. These benefits emphasize the socio-economic development of its members and the protection of the environment. Their education programs provide training for members, workshops on coffee production and management sessions for community youth. This includes access to new libraries, school gardens and uniforms. CAC La Florida believes their children are the future of the cooperative and must therefore provide support in educating strong leaders capable of management roles. In 2010, CAC La Florida began to develop social performance indicators on which to evaluate their existing programs and develop new ones tailored to the needs of members and the community.
CAC La Florida’s commitment to environmental protection has led the cooperative to educate farmers on how to protect the soil from erosion, retain moisture and restore its fertility. Members believe it is vital to support the ecosystem as it is home to many different species of insects, birds and animals. For over thirteen years, CAC La Florida has been committed to providing high quality, organic coffee to buyers and continues to strive for improvements in environmental protection, the quality of life of community members, and the quality of their product.
Fair Trade Certification has strengthened our organization and consolidated our governance which has taken many years of work. It has helped us acquire facilities that enable high levels of production without ever compromising quality. We’ve installed industrial drying stations, new outdoor paved surfaces for natural drying, and a wet processing plant. All of this helps guarantee the quality of our product. ”
Pablo Vargas Chávez, CAC La Florida
Small producers deserve the added value Fair Trade brings because of their hard work to meet certification standards and responsibilities. This value should be shared between the producer and consumer – on the producer end, because of their efforts –on the consumer end, because of the quality product. ”
Pablo Vargas Chávez, Manager
Facility and Housing Upgrades
CAC La Florida invested premium in infrastructure upgrades for their members. A collection center was produced for producers to use during harvest season and upgrades were made to producers’ homes.
Coffee Plant Maintenance
La Florida members voted to spend Fair Trade Premiums to mitigate against coffee pests. Increased funds contribute to better planting methods, and well distributed necessities, like fertilizer.