Located in northern Colombia, the Association of Indigenous and Campesino Agroecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the Serranía del Perijá, ANEI, was founded in 1995 by Aurora Izquierdo. The first Arhuaco indigenous woman from the Yewrwa community to obtain a university degree, her goal was to organize the local economies of the indigenous and farmer communities. She used coffee as a tool to secure the permanence of those communities through the implementation of eco-sustainable programs and projects, strengthening organizational processes and reclaiming the social, economic, and cultural rights of members. ANEI produces high-quality organic coffee grown in harmony with, and with respect for, Mother Earth.
ANEI’s mission is the recovery and conservation of the traditional values of the indigenous farmer cultures in the region by training new leaders, and by the construction and support of kankurwas, ceremonial centers for ancestral cultural practices. They are a fundamental axis in the economic development of their people, according to their own world view. Preserving the harmony between humans and nature is integrated into their social, environmental and economic fabric.
Tasting Profile: Balanced body and acidity with brown sugar, lemon, almond and cocoa.
Asociación de Productores Agroecológicos Indígenas y Campesinos de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta y la Serranía del Perijá
Social Premium Investment: 2019 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.
Improve YieldsWorkshops and trainings in technology implementation to improve production and processing.
Community DevelopmentProyects toimprove quality of life in farmer communities.
OperationsAll the costs associated with producing and delivering a specialty quality product to the customer.
EducationSupporting the academic development of members' children and community in general
InfastructureSolid infrastructure for optimal specilaty coffee management