The Aprocassi cooperative is located in the Cajamarca region of Peru. Founded almost 20 years ago, today it counts 575 members dedicated to coffee harvesting and marketing. The cooperative offers pre-harvest and post-harvest funding services, supports to rehabilitate old plantations, and payments through a savings and credit cooperative within the coffee cooperative itself, and a benefits-based loyalty programme for members.
In 2017, the Aprocassi cooperative went through a difficult time, which pushed them to renew several processes. This included to go beyond their original vision of offering a fair price to the producers to supporting their members’ entrepreneurship by sustainably managing their farm, and introducing new farming technologies to obtain high quality and productivity.
Today, the cooperative’s motto ‘Family is the pillar of growth’ refers to the close ties between the members and their family, who bring together their knowledge and skills for an enhanced final product.
Since then, Rikolto and Cooperativa Aprocassi have shared a common goal: generating sustainable and inclusive business models for companies and coffee organisations, and helping to use market opportunities to promote quality coffees, with a particular emphasis on involving young people and women.
In the last three years, Rikolto has contributed to train 64 new leaders who help innovate the coffee business and add to its sustainability.
While Aprocassi continued to develop exclusive offers for international markets, Rikolto found a business partner who was interested in providing Peruvian coffee to the Australian market.