In the northwest of Nicaragua lies a small hamlet called "Las Sabanas" where a cooperative, CINCO DE JUNIO, made up of 147 farmers work on about 810 hectares of land. Coffee is very much a family business here and they worked hard to get the beans Fair Trade and Organic certified.
However, the families are watching their income get smaller and smaller each harvest season because of the old age of the coffee trees. Over 80% of the coffee trees need replanting and 85% of the land needs some renovation. In total, about 4,000 new trees are needed to raise the volume of production and therefore the income and livelihood of the farmers.
All of the profits from purchasing Cinco de Junio coffee will be distributed in micro-loans to the farmers at Cinco de Junio so that they can invest in new coffee trees and increase production.