COOPAIN - Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo
As a result of the cooperative’s intense efforts to strengthen the quality of their coffee through various technical trainings, coffee productivity increased from eight to fourteen quintals per hectare and an estimated 300 members received organic certification. Over 90 percent of members have received regular trainings in coffee production and marketing strategies. Their organic coffee marketing and production program, funded with Fair Trade premiums, was created to meet the global demands for Fair Trade coffee. The underlying mission, however, has always been to improve the quality of life for coffee-farming families. This particular project led to a 200 percent production increase in just over one year.
Today, Naranjillo is also one of the largest producers of organic cocoa in Peru.
The members of the Naranjillo Cooperative, including myself, are brothers and we collaborate mutually with so much passion to meet our common cause – improving the quality of our lives and our families’ lives and contributing to the development of our community. ”
Isaac Zuniga, general manager
Thanks to Fair Trade I have received capacity building trainings on organic production and now I am committed to maintaining a method of production that will protect and sustain the environment. ”
Ramón Rojas Runco
Repair of Machinery
Naranjillo elected to invest Fair Trade premiums in the repair of industrial machinery that had become damaged over time, thereby allowing the cooperative to increase efficiency and product quality.
Seed Bank for Crop Diversification
The cooperative has established a seed bank to encourage the diversification of agricultural production and provide additional methods to improve the income of members and their families.
Purchase of Fertilizer to Enhance Field Productivity
Naranjillo invested Fair Trade premiums in high quality fertilizer, enhancing product quality and productivity.