HUATUSCO - Unión Regional Pequeños Productores Café Huatusco
Today, HUATUSCO has an estimated 3,000 members and provides an additional 3,500 small producers with commercialization and marketing services. As a community organization, they claim to have helped over 25,000 people in the state of Veracruz where they are located. Collectively, the organization finds new and more efficient ways to cultivate and market their high quality Arabica coffee. Direct connections with specialty markets in the United States and Europe have enhanced their production and sales. Women make up a large number of their workforce. Together, they work to overcome current challenges such as globalization and market inconsistencies, and to maintain a value product in the best interest of the community. The organization exports to markets in the United States, Belgium, Denmark, Holland and other European nations.
In 2012, Huatusco because the first Fair Trade partner with Kiva Microfunds and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to pilot a Fair Trade microfinance program. The organization hopes to be able to provide microloans to its members to convert production to organic and to refurbish old farms.
I am grateful to the consumers who support us through their Fair Trade purchases. I hope we can continue to sell our coffee at the Fair Trade price because our lives depend on it. ”
Jaime Rosas Vásquez, Huatusco Member
Production Enhancing Assets
The cooperative budgeted $10,900 for new office supplies, information technology upgrades and vehicles to ease coffee transportation to processing facilities.
Better Farm Management Program
The Better Farm Management program was instituted by the cooperative to help members learn new business and farming techniques to efficiently and safely run their coffee farms. Farmers were taught the concepts of cost and investment, and how to maximize and manage their resources. In one year, the cooperative dedicated over $10,300 to this program.
Emergency Medical Fund
Fair Trade premiums were used to develop a medical emergency fund. In 2008, an estimated $31,800 went into this fund.