Co-op Name: ASPROCAFE Ingruma S.A. is an indigenous farmer association that is a part of the Alto Occidente Cooperative.
Location: Riosucio, Caldas, Colombia
Number of producers: 1400 (200 organic growers)
Certified: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Varietals: Castillo, Colombia, Bourbon, Caturra
Altitude: 1300-1800 meters above sea level
Interesting Fact: ASPROCAFE Ingruma was established as a farmer-led organization for coffee farmers living in four indigenous reserves in the Caldas department of Colombia. The four reserves are La Montaña, San Lorenzo, Cañamomo-Lomaprieta, and La Loma.
A little bit of history: Equal Exchange bought our first container of coffee from The Alto Occidente Coffee Cooperative of Caldas (CCAOC) in 1995. With every container of coffee we buy at above market prices, we are helping the farmers to stay on their land, provide for their families, invest in their cooperative, improve their communities, and gain economic power in the marketplace.
We celebrated our 20 year trade partnership anniversary with ASPROCAFE Ingruma in 2015 and we have continued to expand our relationship since then. Ingruma is now a participant in our USAID CDP grant as of 2017 and is focusing on increasing access to quality training, improving farmer infrastructure and wet milling practices, and increasing knowledge of advanced organic management techniques. Ingruma is also an active participant in the Equal Exchange Donor Advised Fund and is currently reactivating a revolving loan fund specifically focused at providing microcredit to women and youth.
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