By Gonzalo Ortiz
“There is no reason why we poor people have to eat badly,” says Ecuadorian farmer Juan Anguisaca. “It’s not true that organic products have to be expensive. They can be profitable and within the reach of the poor,” Rodrigo Aucay adds.
Anguisaca and Aucay are both members of Coopera (Cooperate), an agricultural services cooperative based in San Joaquín, a rural parish with a population of 5,000 on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca, located in the Andean mountains 440 km south of Quito.
Anguisaca works in the cooperative’s collection centre, while Aucay is the general manager.
The cooperative was founded in January 2004 by eight members who contributed six dollars each, for a total of less than 50 dollars. Six years later, it now has 60,000 members and 28 million dollars in assets.
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