The Central de Cafetaleros del Nor Orienta (CECANOR) cooperative of coffee farmers was established in the Lambayeque region of Northern Peru in 1999. Since becoming Fair Trade certified, the revenue generated through sales has allowed the cooperative to improve over 100 kilometers of roads, promote quality control over their coffee growing practices, provide pre-harvest credit to farmers during the off season, and employ healthcare professionals.
The cooperative is also committed to empowering women farmers. In 2004, Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO), CECANOR Cooperative, PROASSA, CICAP, and Cordaid joined together to support over 460 women coffee producers of Peru by giving them a sense of social and financial independence through the Cafe Femenino coffee project. The goal of the project was to allow the women to grow and harvest their own coffee under the name: Cafe Femenino. Today, with the popularity and success of the program, Cafe Femenino has expanded into several different countries to help and empower over 4000 women.
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