UCASUMAN - Unión Cooperativas de Servicios Unidos Mancotal
UCASUMAN has used portions of the Fair Trade premium to invest in education. In addition to the construction of a new elementary school, they have established a scholarship program to support students receiving technical training. The General Assembly also assists children with disabilities to access education.
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.
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.