A lovely coffee with a sweet, chocolaty taste
COCAFCAL - Cooperativa Cafetalera Las Capucas
COCAFCAL, or the Cooperativa Capucas Limitada, is located in western Honduras, in the buffer zone of the Celaque National Park – a cloud forest containing the country’s highest mountain. The cooperative represents an estimated 12 communities from the municipalities of San Pedro and Corquin, in Copan. Together, they work to promote the sustainable development of their local economy through financial, technical, productive and marketing services for members and families. Reducing poverty and increasing standards of life for their community are their main objectives. Their development programs have benefitted approximately 5,000 people in Las Capucas and surrounding regions. Members are dedicated to growing sustainable conventional, organic and Fair Trade coffees. The cooperative’s General Assembly has 10 members, nine of whom are women. The General Assembly manages the democratic use of the Fair Trade premium. Reducing poverty and increasing standards of life for their community are their main objectives. Their development programs have benefitted approximately 5,000 people in Las Capucas and surrounding regions. Members are dedicated to growing sustainable conventional,
Community Soccer Stadium
COCAFCAL used Fair Trade Premiums to purchase land to construct a soccer field one city block in size for use by the Plantares and Capucas communities. Additional premium funds were allocated to rent a tractor to plane the field.
Community Environmental Stewardship Campaign
COCAFCAL invested $1,000 in Fair Trade premiums in an environmental campaign to promote the maintenance of community spaces and reduce litter. The cooperative paid for the construction and installation of twenty garbage dumpsters close to local schools, churches, health clinics and grocery stores. Banners with environmental messages were painted on the dumpsters. The cooperative coordinated presentationsfor school children on the proper handling of garbage, cleaning and community space stewardship.
COCAFCAL also organized a film festival to screen environmental movies and organized a skit where the main character, the “Lorax,” teaches the audience principles of conservation and environmental stewardship.
Library with Computers
A portion of the Fair Trade Premium was used to construct a community library. This community investment provides a place for adult and children to learn and attend classes. Additionally it functions as a homework center for their children. The library, holds 11 computers with printers. They also host training classes on how to use computers and other topics.