CECOCAFEN - Central de Cooperativas Cafetaleras del Norte
I am able to study Economics at the University with help from a scholarship. My parents were able to put me through high school but could not afford to send me to a University. One year after high school a scholarship opportunity arose. Myself and twelve others benefited from scholarships funded by Fair Trade. ”
Because of Fair Trade, the Cooperative can now make social investments from which I can benefit. There is outside support available because we are united and this is also thanks to Fair Trade. I learned to better manage production and administration. I feel that I am achieving a more dignified and fair life. ”
Since 1997 my cooperative financed the slary of a teacher, bought an electrical outlet transformer and installed plumbing for potable water at the cooperative. ”
Solar Processing Plant and Other Productive Investments
Fair Trade revenues helped CECOCAFEN finance a solar processing plant, SOLCAFE, which is now the leading mill in the area. A quality control laboratory was installed in 2002. The organization has also invested in the construction of a hydro-electric plant, a school and 25 homes for members. The cooperative has hired three technical specialists. In 2008, Fair Trade funds were used to begin a technical assistance program that provides support to producers throughout the year for productive capacity building and technical management.
Various productive investments
CECOCAFEN spent Fair Trade premium money on a Toyota truck and repairs of a local road. They also installed communication equipment, electrical material, a managership information system and a management quality system.
Credit Program for Women
CECOCAFEN elected to use the Fair Trade social premium to cover the operating costs of a newly established GMAS-credit program. This financial assistance program was created specifically for women, providing them with an alternative source of funding.