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Cesar Gonzales, fair trade coffee farmer and Vice President of WCCN's partner agency CECOCAFEN. CECOCAFEN is a second tier Nicaraguan coffee cooperative dedicated to improving the lives of small-scale farmers by selling high-quality coffee on the international fair trade market. Video by Michael Kientz
WCCN helps small-scale coffee farmers increase their income and access to international fair trade markets by lending to coffee cooperatives. Latin American coffee cooperatives organized by small-scale farmers often lack the cash to purchase their members' coffee harvest. When this happens, farmers often sell to independent buyers--for a lower price--or wait months for the cooperative to process, sell and export their crops before receiving payment for the crops. Waiting for payment often causes undue hardship on small-scale farmers living at subsistence levels. By providing short-term loans to coffee cooperatives at the time of harvest, WCCN can ensure small-scale farmers are receiving a fair price for their coffee.
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