UCASUMAN - Unión Cooperativas de Servicios Unidos Mancotal
Cooperatives of UCASUMAN who have made investments with Fair Trade premiums have access to a credit loan system also made possible with Fair Trade revenue. Members can take out a loan while waiting for the next harvest at low interest rates.
Improving Capacity to Manage Credit
UCASUMAN invested Fair Trade premiums in strengthening the management and organization of the cooperative's credit records. The goal of the financial program was to improve each family's logistical capacity of managing credit in the home, especially families living in the countryside. In addition, families were supplied with desks and stationary to create a work environment in their home.
Headquarters and Cupping Lab Construction
In 2008, the General Assembly elected to invest a portion of Fair Trade funds in the construction of the UCASUMAN headquarters, distribution center and cupping lab.