In November 2015, we launched the #GrowingStories campaign with the aim of connecting Co-op members and customers with our Fairtrade producers across the world.
Every time that producers, members and customers engaged with each other online using the #GrowingStories hashtag we added £1 into our Producer Fund, which aimed to raise £25,000 to support a project in one of our producer communities.
Thanks to you we’ve reached our target and can now announce which of our producers will be receiving the funding.
Plus, we’ll be doubling the fund available, so we’ll be able to support a second project later in the year.
That’s an amazing £50,000 back to our Fairtrade producer communities.
The first producer that will receive the £25,000 funding is Aguadas Co-operative.
Aguadas are a co-operative of 5000 smallholder coffee producers in a particularly remote area of Colombia. All our Colombian coffee ranges come from Aguadas who we’ve been working with since 2003.
Aguadas will be using the £25,000 funding to run a Food Education programme.
In their remote region of Colombia, a lack of understanding of basic food safety and diet can lead to ill health. With the support of educational charity Fundacion Nutresa, around 250 women from Aguadas will be trained in food safety and nutrition. They’ll also be taught how to create and nurture their own home gardens.
This programme is all about encouraging gender equality. We’ll be empowering women to take control of food safety and nutrition in their communities and teaching them how to share this knowledge with others.