CAC La Florida - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida
Since 1966, the organization has grown to include 1,200 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 improvemetns in environmental protection, the qualityof life of community members, and the quality of ther product.
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
Additional Income for Farmers
In 2010, CAC La Florida farmers voted to invest Fair Trade premium funds back into the cooperative by paying higher coffee prices to its members. The cooperative understands individual growers help guarantee the cooperative's future success.
Family Development Committee
CAC La Florida's Family Development Committee focuses on strengthening women's participation in production activities. Empowering women to fully voice their opinions within the cooperative is another step towards achieving economic and social sustainability within family units.
Medical Financial Assistance
Fair Trade standards require that farming families have access to doctors, medicine and proper nutrition. CAC La Florida provides financial assistance to members and their families in case of serious accidents or ailments. The cooperative also assists with basic medical expenses.