CEPICAFE; Cooperative Narandino
The cooperative aims to improve the quality of life of coffee-growing families and is an important contributor to the sustainable development of the region. It became Fair Trade Certified in order to access international markets on a level where farmers would be paid fairly for their product. CEPICAFE prides itself in the direct level of participation and autonomy that its members hold in decisions involving the cooperative.
We use natural, locally found resources for fertilization. We also use the pulp of coffee for compost as well as a natural products for pest control. ”
Roeli Guerrero, member
I have been a member of CEPICAFE for three years. The road between my village and where we deliver our coffee is very long. Now, a truck comes to collect our coffee, whereas before, we had to carry it on donkeys and it took a long time. ”
Ricardo Yajahuana, co-operative member
Now that our product is of high quality, we are able to sell it at better prices and provide a better quality of life for our families. ”
Bernabe Rivera, co-operative member
This cumulative fund has been growing for many years now, with contributions made from premiums received by CEPICAFE. Around $200 are allotted to each member to be used on funerary expenses, if and when the need were to arise. This fund allows the families of the deceased to have additional support to help bury their loved one.
Academic Scholarships and Workshops
CEPICAFE has directed their Fair Trade premiums to improve the quality of their community's education. Members have invested funds in scholarships for the children and have provided young adults with pre-professional workshops.
Coop Infrastructure Improvements
This ongoing program invests part of the premiums received by CEPICAFE into improving the cooperative's infrastructure. Warehouses have been expanded, computers have been purchased and other building improvements have been made. These projects have all improved the overall efficiency and productivity of the cooperative and increased the quality control of the coffee produced by members.