Origin Information

Ramona Díaz | Cooperativa Multifuncional 15 de Septiembre
San Juan de Rio Coco, Madriz, Nicaragua
December - February
1250 meters
Clay minerals
Fully washed and dried in the sun
Fair Trade, Organic

Background Details

Go all the way back to the beginning of coffee’s fair-trade movement and you will find Promotora de Desarrollo Cooperativo de Las Segovias (PRODECOOP). Established in 1992, PRODECOOP now has a history of more than 25 years as a model cooperative in the coffee supply chain.  PRODECOOP is an umbrella organization by design, meaning its primary purpose is to cover nearly 40 community-based cooperatives operating in the department of Esteli, Madriz, and Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua. PRODECOOP focuses on creating access to credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger and more impactful scale using the collective resources generated from the sale of coffee. Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways PRODECOOP strives to support community-based cooperatives and improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families. PRODECOOP also operates a centrally located dry mill facility and cupping lab where coffee is received, processed and selected for export.  Preparing coffee for export is a vital resource for local cooperatives, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process. This particular micro-lot comes from Ramona Díaz who is a member of the Cooperativa Multifuncional 15 de Septiembre, which was established in 1995 and has 141 current members who cultivate coffee throughout the municipality of San Juan del Río Coco in the department of Madriz. Ramona produced this micro-lot on her 4-acre farm called El Oasis using her own micro-mill where she meticulously harvests and sorts cherry before depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee.  It has taken her 15 years and the support of her four children and husband to finally see her coffee selected for a micro-lot. Selling her coffee as a micro-lot has increased earnings and strengthened her family’s livelihood.