Providing Prosperity Through Coffee Exports
Kinross continues to support the APEOSAE organic coffee farmers’ association in the province of Zamora-Chinchipe near our FDN project. Since 2009, we have provided micro-loans, seed capital, technical assistance and infrastructure support. APEOSAE is reaping the rewards. By the end of 2011:
- Coffee production had increased to 3,000 quintales from 1,200 in 2009;
- APEOSAE-brewed coffee placed 2nd in Ecuador’s 2010 national “Golden Cup” competition;
- Three new products (banana chips, honey and fruit teas) had been introduced to APEOSAE’s organic product line; and
- The number of beneficiaries had increased to 450 from 412 in 2009.
“The social investment that Kinross has made in organic producers allows us to safeguard international certifications, generate new productive tests, and consolidate us as an agro-ecological group worldwide."
Porfirio Zhiñin, President of APEOSAE (2011-2011)