CAC LA FLORIDA is over 50 years old with members in about 19 small communities. The general manager, Jesus Damiano, and his family are members of the Cooperative. The members are motivated and many of the elders continue with CAC La Florida. They have many long term and loyal relationships with their customers and continue to work to improve their operations.
A group of 50 small-scale coffee farmers from Peru’s Chanchamayo region came together in 1966 to form the Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera La Florida (CAC La Florida) in order to bypass local intermediaries. Their efforts have brought much needed education, infrastructure, credit and environmental restoration to this remote corner of the Peruvian jungle. Since 1966, the organization has grown to include 1,200 members at its peak. These benefits emphasize the socio-economic development of its members and the protection of the environment. Their education programs provide training for members, workshops on coffee production and management sessions for community youth. This includes access to new libraries, school gardens and uniforms. CAC La Florida believes their children are the future of the cooperative and must therefore provide support in educating strong leaders capable of management roles. In 2010, CAC La Florida began to develop social performance indicators on which to evaluate their existing programs and develop new ones tailored to the needs of members and the community.
CAC La Florida’s commitment to environmental protection has led the cooperative to educate farmers on how to protect the soil from erosion, retain moisture and restore its fertility. Members believe it is vital to support the ecosystem as it is home to many different species of insects, birds and animals. For over thirteen years, CAC La Florida has been committed to providing high quality, organic coffee to buyers and continues to strive for improvements in environmental protection, the quality of life of community members, and the quality of their product.
Additional Income for Farmers
In 2010, CAC La Florida farmers voted to invest Fair Trade premium funds back into the cooperative by paying higher coffee prices
to its members. The cooperative understands individual growers help guarantee the cooperative’s future success.
Family Development Committee
CAC La Florida’s Family Development Committee focuses on
strengthening women’s participation in production activities.
Empowering women to fully voice their opinions within the
cooperative is another step towards achieving economic and
social sustainability within family units.
Medical Financial Assistance
Fair Trade standards require that farming families have access
to doctors, medicine and proper nutrition. CAC La Florida provides
financial assistance to members and their families in case
of serious accidents or ailments. The cooperative also assists
with basic medical expenses.