Currently, Coopetarrazu has 2,600 members, including 457
women who are the sole providers for their families. The only
condition to join is to produce coffee in the area of influence
of the cooperative.
Coopetarrazú is a 16 million dollar
non-profit organization that provides for its associates a
network of services that help them get ahead in the production
Technical assistance, low cost loans, low prices for fertilizers, high prices for the coffee, 24/7 fuel source, veterinary services, hardware store, two supermarkets and auto repair services are some of the advantages that the Coopetarrazu
The role of women is key
in this cooperative. About 20% of its members are women and
they enjoy good representation in the Administrative Council,
the Education committee and the day to day administration of
Coopetarrazu is a driving force in the community.
Besides being the largest employer in the region, it is constantly
training its associates in the latest techniques to improve
quality and production; its workers are protected by an occupational
safety program supervised by INS, the Costa Rican insurance
company. Recycling and education programs have been introduced
in the community by the cooperative's staff and thousands of
dollars are donated every year to worthy programs in the region.
the most important aspect of the cooperative's operation is
the economic benefit to the region and its members. By concentrating
the production and distribution of the Original Tarrazu coffee,
the coop generates the highest possible price for the harvest
and pays dividends to its members every year. The distribution
of these dividends is defined by the amount of coffee turned
over to the coop by each member, therefore allowing each member
a piece of the action.