Co-op Name: SOPACDI
Location: South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Number of Producers: 5,200; 20% are women farmers
Certified: Organic, Fair Trade
Name: Café Orgánico Marcala S.A.
Location: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras
Number of Producers: 850 and growing
Founded: 2001, with 49 farmers
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Interesting Fact: The farmers at COMSA have their very own “COMSA philosophy” that they have all created and contributed to as their organization has developed over the past 13 years. The philosophy centers on living out and practicing their values in their work, community, and personal life.
Last Visit: Green Coffee Buyer Carly Kadlec traveled to Marcala, Honduras in June 2014, with five farmers from Las Colinas co-op – another one of our trading partners, located in neighboring El Salvador, for our first-ever Cooperation in Productivity. The event focused on the innovative spirit of COMSA and its farmers and how this shift in mindset has contributed greatly to on-farm success and entrepreneurship. Carly and the farmers spent three full days in the field visiting producers and practicing their biodynamic techniques.