We are the Asociation of Indigenous and Campesino Agroecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá ANEI, which was founded in 1995 by Aurora Izquierdo, the first indigenous woman of the Arhuaco tribe of the Yewrwa community to obtain a university degree. She studied in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, with the objective of organizing the local economies of our indigenous and campesino communities. She utilized coffee as a tool to secure the cultural permanence of those indigenous communities in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá, in the north of Colombia, through the implementation of eco-sustainble programs and projects that fortify organizational processes that reclaim the social, economic and cultural rights of members, promoting food safety all at the same time contributing to the world with an excellent natural product, organic coffee grown in harmony with nature. The production and commercialization of ANEI's organic coffee is implemented in a context of harmony and respect for Mother Earth.
Our main objective is the conservation and rescue of the traditional values of the indigenous and campesino cultures in the region by forming new leaders, and the construction and support of kankurwas, ceremonial centers for ancestral cultural practices. We seek to become a fundamental axis in the economic development of our people, according to our own world-view.
Asociación de Productores Agroecológicos Indígenas y Campesinos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta y la Serranía del Perijá
Social Premium Investment: 2017 Crop YearFair Trade Certification guarantees 20 cents/lb of the price paid a producer organization is set aside as a social premium. How this money is invested is a decision taken collectively by the general assembly of members at the end of each harvest. Below is a break down of how producers in this organization chose to spend their fair trade premium.
InfastructureDevelop infrastructure for specialty coffees Improving farmer processing infrastructure for wet processing coffee
OperationsIntegrating our operational model to be more efficient and render greater customer and member satisfaction. Streamlining and improving internal management system
Community DevelopmentStrengthening base associations by developing leadership Co-financing community development projects along with national and international allies
Credit fundMicrocredit and pre-harvest financing fund