The Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union started as a result of marginalized Ethiopian coffee farmers, led by Tadesse Meskela, seeking a better price for their coffee. By 2003, Oromia was made up of 34 co-ops and 7 years later is a co-op federation with of 171 co-ops, representing nearly half a million family members.
ASOPROKAN, Colombia The Kankuamos are one of four indigenous groups living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. They are joined by the Kogui, Arhuaco, and Wiwi peoples who all continue to honour their traditional cultural lifestyles in the isolated mountain regions.
Cafe Timo, East Timor. In 2000, a group of farmers united to form CCT in an attempt to successfully market their coffee internationally. Today, the organization has grown to include 19,600 members from 16 base certified organic co-operatives and 494 small-scale farmer groups.
COOPACVOD, Haiti, is located in the wet mountain area of Dondon at altitudes of 700 – 900 metres. Its headquarters and processing plant are located in the town of Dondon. The processing of coffee is managed collectively including; pulping, fermentation, washing, drying, and husking. The co-operative has an export license allowing it to directly manage the marketing of coffee from Cap Haitien to the rest of the world.
Terrau, Costa Rica. This Costa Rican coffee was grown and honey-processed on Las Gravilias farm. The Marin Piedra family carefully leaves a small amount of coffee cherry pulp (a.k.a. honey) around the beans before sundrying them to the desired consistency.
Manduvira, Paraguay. Manduvirá co-operative, founded in 1975, is located in the village of Arroyos y Esteros (Streams and Swamps) in the southwest of Paraguay. Life for farmers is tough here as the region is remote and isolated, farms are small and incomes are unreliable.
Located in the Cedarburg Mountains of South Africa, Wupperthal farmers harvest organically grown rooibos to create a blend of aromatic, soothing and refreshing caffeine free herbal teas including Chai.
TPI, India. At the core of TPI’s philosophy is farming harmoniously with nature. TPI not only practices certified organic farming, but also biodynamic tea cultivation (Demeter certified), which is very labour intensive and requires great dedication and expertise, but is the best way for people and the planet.
SOFA, Sri Lanka. SOFA was born from a vision of Bio Foods founder, Dr Sarath Ranaweera, an organic agriculture and tea specialist. Bio Foods processes and exports the agricultural products that SOFA farmers produce, but had to work to gain the trust of the farmers by initially guaranteeing to purchase the entire green tea leaf crop.
Jumbi Kiwa, Ecuador. Nestled high in the Andean mountains, a group of extraordinary women have organized their communities to produce high quality herbal teas. Taste the unique infusions of aromatic herbs that Jambi Kiwa has been able to cultivate in a country with an amazing amount of biodiversity.
The Union of Indigenous Communities in the Isthmus Region (UCIRI) represents a location with great potential for Fair Trade to improve the lives of small farmers and communities in the global South. Since 1982, the indigenous peoples – Zapotecas, Mixes, Chontales & Mixtecos, and Chatinos – have worked together to find alternative ways of bringing their coffee to market
The cooperative Comon Yaj Noptic was founded in May 1995 by a group of coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico. Today the co-operative has 142 members, 93 percent of whom are certified organic coffee farmers.
In Casil Coop, Peru twelve members of the Casil Cooperative in northern Peru joined forces to create a special lot for Just Us! Their goal is to inspire the rest of the cooperative to follow their lead in producing consistently high-quality coffee.