FEDESI (Federacion de Sociedades Cooperativas Indigenas y Ecologicas de Chiapas F C De RL FESICH) produces SHG Fairtrade Organic coffee in the region of Chiapas (800 – 1,500 masl). FEDESI was founded by 6 groups located in the municipalities of Motozintla and Siltepec with the objective of providing support to small producers in finding new markets, financing and government support. Currently, the organization has 1,540 producers growing certified fairtrade organic coffee to the market.
Most of the partners of Cooperative FEDESI are small producers with 3 acres each. Each have their own wet mill and dry the coffees on their own patios. Being part of the Cooperative has allowed members of FEDESI to become stronger, reach their goals and gain access to higher market prices. Together they have established a renovation program, built a nursery and offered trainings for leaf rust treatment for producers. Moreover, they support their community with small producer financing.