Bewley’s relationships with producer partners provides long-term sustainability
Our Purchasing Director, Paul O’Toole first met Fatima Ismael, General Manager of SOPEXXCAA, Nicaragua in 2006 and we have been purchasing coffee from Fatima and her team since 2007.
Based near the City of Mists, Jinotega in North East Nicaragua, there are 700 farmer members of the cooperative and Bewley’s buys a variety of coffee from the cooperative including Fairtrade and organic.
Over the last 11 years, our relationship with Fatima and the team has blossomed. Members of the Bewley’s team have made over 9 visits to SOPPEXCCA and Fatima and several of her team have visited the UK and Ireland. This sharing of knowledge and the process of getting to know each other’s markets, opportunities and challenges has enabled this relationship to grow into one of long-term support.
Selling coffee under Fairtrade terms is crucial for SOPPEXCCA members as it provides a minimum price to growers and covers production costs
The Fairtrade social premium is used to fund productivity programmes, educational programmes for farmers and schemes to develop young members of the cooperative to become the farmers and leaders of the future.
We have also made donations to the cooperative. 7 years ago Bewley’s donated $10,000 to fund a building for the farmers at the coffee mill. This building is still vital and most recently it is being used by a small cooperative of women who work at the mill to develop energy bars to sell into the local market as part of income diversification.
“I am most proud of being able to impact the lives of the youth in our community. Through long-term relationships like the one we have with Bewley’s, we have youngsters from our community who have become doctors, cuppers and baristas.” Fatima Ismael, General Manager, SOPPEXCCA “I’d like to thank the team at Bewley’s, the consumers of Fairtrade coffee and to Bewley’s clients, this human chain benefits so many rural families.” Read more about our relationship with SOPPEXCCA.