I live in Quilanga, Loja Province in south eastern Ecuador. As a coffee producer, I am member of the Highland Coffee Producer Association PROCAFEQ, whose administrator I currently am. As an association, we work to provide the best possible services for our 280 members. But good intentions are not always enough: the lack of knowledge about management processes has led to mistakes that have limited the development of the association.
Thanks to Swisscontact, we have been able to identify weaknesses in administrative, financial and accounting issues. Consultants and professionals from Loja Private Technical University provided training and advice on accounting, administrative and financial issues. The association’s management is currently in a training on governance and the application of the new governmental regulations. All this will allow the association to have a more efficient management and provide better services to its members.
PROCAFEQ members – with the support of Swisscontact and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock – have acceded to a technical irrigation project, which will benefit 76 producers and will be implemented in March 2019. In addition, producers can access BANECUADOR credits, for the different stages of coffee production.
I consider that Swisscontact has been key in the generation of new processes, for a solid and efficient organizational structure. Our members have improved the quality of life of their families through the income generated by the sale of their coffee.
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