Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala (FEDECOCAGUA)
FEDECOCAGUA members, 70% of whom are indigenous people, are spread over different regions of Guatemala including Huehuetenango, Cobán, Verapaces, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, and Zacapa. These rural areas are characterized by difficult economic conditions and poor infrastructure, particularly roads, electricity, communication, health, and education. Coffee is the main cash crop and provides 90% of farmers’ incomes, and the average farm is only around 10ha in size.
The progress made in the co-operatives of Fedecocagua is visible and sustainable. The cooperative supports its members with capacity building and training to help them meet international standards and improve the quality and productivity of their coffee. In democratically organized bodies, the members decide themselves on the further development of their cooperative.
Fairtrade Premium projects:
- Restoration of local health clinics:FEDECOCAGUA invested part of their Fairtrade premium in the restoration of local health clinics. In Yupitepque, Jutiapa, premium funds were used to install a water pump for the town's health clinic.
- New Roof for School:Fairtrade premiums were used to build and improve schools. Children at a school in Cooperative Esperanza del Futuro in Jalapa now have a new roof that keeps out the dampness.
- Two New Drying Patios and Wet Mills:Two new drying patios and wet mills were financed with Fairtrade revenue.