COAGRICSAL - Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Antonio
Crop Diversification - Cocoa
Attempting to increase income for families that do not produce coffee in the community, COAGRICSAL initiated a project for fine cocoa cultivation. This project aimed to plant 2,000 acres of cocoa and would offer technical and financial support for the farmers able to work the lands. The cooperative also invested in the creation of a technical department with four certified technicians and one consultant to support Fair Trade and Organic certifications of other farms, making sure all regulations and farmers’ questions are answered.
New Coffee Dryers
The cooperative voted to invest Fair Trade premium in the purchase of two dryers which were desperately needed due to the high volume of coffee produced. With the addition of the new equipment COAGRICSAL is now able to dry its coffee at a much lower cost to producers and offer better quality coffee to buyers.
Fair Trade funds have also been invested in providing educational opportunities for cooperative members’ children. Scholarship funds have been created to encourage community youth to stay in school.