There is a great wealth of variety and diversity in the UK cooperative scene and in order to promote this alternative way of working, the two week programme of events is
being organised by their voice in the sector Cooperatives UK.
To find out more about Co-operatives Fortnight please watch this video:
If you’re attending Co-operative Congress event please visit the Shared Interest exhibition stand or join the Shared Interest presentation at 10.15 – 11.00am on Sunday 26th June.
Huatusco is a small town in the Veracruz region in the south of Mexico. The co-operative is very important to the local economy and has 43 producer groups with over 2,000 individual coffee farmers. 56 people are employed at the processing plant where the coffee cherries are washed, dried, bagged and transported to the Port of Veracruz.
The coffee farmers of Huatusco grow high quality arabica coffee and they aim to sell into the speciality market. However two large transnational coffee businesses are buying up most of the coffee in the surrounding area and the co‑operative is under pressure, especially when the market price of coffee is currently so high.
Shared Interest is providing Huatusco with an export credit facility so that the co-operative can pay its farmers in advance of the harvest.
Shared Interest has made loans to two banana co‑operatives in Peru, BOS and CEPIBO, to help them improve production and increase export sales. BOS is owned directly by some 500 individual farmers. CEPIBO is a larger operation, and is owned by 12 farmers’ associations representing 1,300 individuals.
Both are using the loans along with other sources of finance, to invest in new infrastructure – packing stations, cableways, cooling rooms etc. – to increase production and reduce losses.
Both are planning to more than double their cableway systems which allow workers to transport 20 bunches in one trip rather than one speeding up production and improving the health of the workers.
From June 1 to 7 as part of National Volunteers’ Week, we are visiting Bristol to meet up with ambassadors and members from the area.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a big part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who contribute to society, whilst inspiring others to volunteer.
Our volunteer Ambassadors are crucial to the success of Shared Interest. They contribute many hours of their time to help. Rachel Norman, Volunteer Manager for Shared Interest said:
“Volunteers’ Week is the perfect time to try volunteering. Volunteering with Shared Interest is fulfilling knowing that your work will help improve people’s lives across the globe.”
Interested in volunteering?
Why not come along this Friday 3rd June 2011 to our meet up event in Broadmead Baptist Church, Bristol. This is your chance to meet staff, members and Ambassadors of Shared Interest and hear more about our work to date as well as network with like-minded people from across the South West. We will be showing two of our newest films from Kenya and Peru to illustrate how we support fair trade businesses around the world. To book please contact Rachel Norman (Volunteer Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively you can visit our website by clicking here to find out more about volunteering.