What is ElevaFinca?
ElevaFinca represents commodities produced from an alliance of cooperatives participating in agroforestry projects launched and financed by Urapi Sustainable Land Use Fund (a private equity fund). ElevaFinca acts as a facilitator at origin for buyers, providing tailored solutions to meet their product inventory and environmental and social impact objectives. ElevaFinca is positioned in direct contact with the alliance of cooperatives to provide buyers a wide range of offerings and reliable procurement services.
What is ElevaFinca’s mission?
ElevaFinca seeks to drive interest in sustainable land use management, foster good social governance, and provide greater benefits to all members throughout the coffee value chain. The goal is to achieve alignment of interests within these projects and guarantee economic sustainability for participating cooperatives.
What are some of the services ElevaFinca provides?
ElevaFinca provides services connecting importers and roasters directly with cooperatives. In addition to supporting market access, ElevaFinca provides an additional level of quality control, along with logistical support to ensure all delivery and quality terms on each contract are accurately met. ElevaFinca’s projects provide on-the-ground technical assistance to members of each cooperative.
What activities are carried out with the alliance of cooperatives?
Microcredits are provided to help establish agroforestry systems.
Agricultural technical visits are conducted to help improve yield and quality.
Facilitation and establishment of jointly owned processing infrastructures like dry mills.
Q-grade services ensure accurate cup quality for all coffee contracts.
Group buying of inputs, samples, freight, and processing fees to achieve economies of scale
The sales team connects importers and roasters with cooperatives.
What is the typical size of a cooperative within the alliance?
The alliance works mainly with smallholder producers from medium-sized cooperatives averaging between 150 to 600 producers. These cooperatives have demonstrated strong managerial organization and longevity in the marketplace. With medium-sized cooperatives, agroforestry projects tend to be more efficient and successful with the ability to reach all producers. Working directly with producers results in more loyalty from producers within each organization. In addition, the cooperatives we work with are FairTrade and organic certified.
What are the benefits of forming an alliance of coffee cooperatives like ElevaFinca?
Increase their access to markets by strengthening their exportable supply.
Improve their access to capital.
Increase the economy of scale, cost efficiencies with in-house suppliers.
Co-invest in joint assets and infrastructure.
Exchange of knowledge and experiences between different regions of Peru and other countries.
Why do cooperatives require more of a competitive edge in the coffee market?
Smaller cooperatives do not have access to competitive interest rates or harvest capital that other players in the market are often able to secure. When acting alone, they do not have financial tools in terms of interest rates or price hedging.
Wouldn’t cooperatives save more time and money by selling directly to green coffee buyers, rather than selling through the alliance with ElevaFinca?
When cooperatives sign contracts through ElevaFinca, how is their cooperative’s equity increased?
Independent quality control.
Export trade documents.
Negotiation with suppliers and clients.
Representation at trade shows and conventions.
Marketing support in the US/CAN/EURO markets.
What are some additional benefits ElevaFinca offers that may be overlooked?
What is the ElevaFinca Premium Sustainability Package?
• Key information on the cooperatives and pictures.
• Information on the project activities linked with the purchase.
• The list of productors involved, types of coffee and quantities
• The carbon offsetting of green coffee transportation
• Carbon offset Certificate
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• Investing in partner cooperatives and their producers to increase incomes and improve livelihoods via renovation of their farms, increases in productivity and quality.
• Improving coffee quality via training and investments in wet processing, drying equipment and quality control capacities.
• Gaining recognition for social and environmental impacts resulting from field activities, e.g. via the generation of carbon credits.