CESMACH - Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre Chiapas
CESMACH members are deeply committed to practicing sustainable agriculture to protect the biosphere and the natural resources within its boundaries. The organization became Fair Trade certified for coffee in 2001 and in 2003, they were awarded the Ecological Merit Award by the Mexican government for its efforts to protect endangered plant species. The co-op is working towards 100 percent organic methods.
CESMACH's members have been able to pay off their debts and make necessary improvements to their homes, thanks to the higher price they receive for the coffee from Fair Trade sales. They now offer full pre-harvest financing for its members assuring farmers with the resources to produce high quality coffee.
Thanks to Fair Trade we have improved our coffee plots. Now that I receive a better price for my coffee I am able to educate my children. ”
Mauro Vigo Gamboa, CESMACH Member
The most important part about Fair Trade is the help it gives to small producers like us, and we are also aware that we need to fulfill certain requirements. With Fair Trade sales we have been able to improve our roads for the transporting of our products, and now it is also much cheaper to get to the city. ”
Ciro Quezada Azanero, CESMACH Member
Thankfully we are organized, producing organic and Fair Trade coffee, and managing to obtain a high quality product with which we can better attend to our greatest necessities. ”
Ataulfo Moreno, CESMACH Member
Investments in Quality Improvements
Access to credit has allowed the co-op to finance the construction of a cupping laboratory, a coffee storage shed, and a meeting hall. Members are provided with training in sustainable agricultural methods, organic production and quality control.
School Supplies for Children
CESMACH has established a fund to provide school supplies to members' children.
First Aid Kit Distribution and Medicinal Plants
Each co-op family has received a basic first aid kit for their homes and have had opportunities to attend workshops on cultivating and identifying medicinal plants.