COCAFCAL - Cooperativa Cafetalera Las Capucas
My hope is that my children can grow up to be professionals, that I can build a better house for my family, that one day I can have the capacity to help people that are less fortunate than me. Fair Trade makes this dream a possibility. ”
Jose Marel Portillo, 1st place cupping competition
Since we began producing coffee, our lives have steadily improved. Before, people lived almost exclusively in huts made of mud and sticks with straw roofs, today there are no more houses like this. Fair Trade certification has allowed us to improve our lives to a great extent. ”
Isrrael Serrano Mejia, a COCAFCAL founder
Library with Computers
A portion of the Fair Trade Premium was used to construct a community library. This community investment provides a place for adult and children to learn and attend classes. Additionally it functions as a homework center for their children. The library, holds 11 computers with printers. They also host training classes of how to use computers and other topics.
Community Environmental Stewardship Campaign
COCAFCAL invested $1,000 in Fair Trade premiums in an environmental campaign to promote the maintenance of community spaces and reduce litter. The cooperative paid for the construction and installation of twenty garbage dumpsters close to local schools, churches, health clinics and grocery stores. Banners with environmental messages were painted on the dumpsters. The cooperative coordinated presentations for school children on the proper handling of garbage, cleaning and community space stewardship. COCAFCAL also organized a film festival to screen environmental movies and organized a skit where the main character, the “Lorax,” teaches the audience principles of conservation and environmental stewardship.
Community Soccer Field
COCAFCAL used Fair Trade Premiums to purchase land to construct a soccer field one city block in size for use by the Plantares and Capucas communities. Additional premium funds were allocated to rent a tractor to plane the field.