COOPCAFER - Cooperativa Departamental Caficultores Risaralda
More than anything, with the training courses the certifiers gives us, one learns a lot. This is a program that never finishes because it’s like a staircase. One keeps on learning more every day, and we’re improving our coffee technology, changing our coffee varieties with the recommendations provided. Day by day, the quality has been better and we’re managing the coffee better. Someone with old coffee plants can plant new ones that will produce better quality coffee, harvested by his family’s hands. We are moving forward, advancing in all these ways slowly. ”
Gabriel Angel Vargas Rodriguez
Fair Trade programs have constructed several septic tanks to avoid contaminating water sources –springs, streams and brooks. They have also improved our schools. These are really good programs, not only for our education but also for our health. ”
Eudoro Echeverri Mejía
I have been here ten years and I have seen how the [health] programs operate more smoothly now that Fair Trade is helping us. Before, we did not travel with the mobile clinic like we do now. We had a vision for a program for the Departmental Coffee Growers’ Committee, but the cooperative at first did not take part in it. I imagine the money from Fair Trade makes this possible now. ”
José Antonio Cruz
Coffee Specialty Tours and Training
The cooperative sponsors coffee quality tours where coffee specialists advise members on how to improve the quality of their product. They also give trainings on how to safely and efficiently manage pesticides, as well as on the correct use of protective equipment and gear.
Women's Coffee Cultivation Programs
The cooperative implemented a leadership training program for female members. In 2006, a woman's group made community germinators that benefited more than 150 coffee growers. They have also repaired and calibrated more than 300 de-pulping machines.