A young cooperative, Union y Fe was founded in 2014 in the well-established growing region of San Ignacio, Cajamarca. The cooperative has 216 producers who farm a total of 873 hectares of certified coffee, of which 650 are FTO and cultivated under the shade of fruit and forest trees. It's through this shade-grown method that Union y Fe are able to preserve the natural environment in which they farm and comply with organic production standards
Although just a few years old, Union y Fe has a strong mission and vision for what they want to accomplish as a producer organization. As a group, they strive to generate wellbeing for both their member families and the environment through coffee production. One of the key ways they accomplish this is through the technical assistance they provide to their members. Expert agronomists train members in agronomic best practices, pest control, soil analysis, fertilization, certification compliance, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. They also help members maintain food security by showing them how to raise small animals and maintain vegetable gardens.
One of the ways Union y Fe has sought to distinguish itself in the market is through its microlot program. The cooperative currently offers a lot exclusively from its women growers called Sumac Warmi, which means "Beautiful Women" in the local indigenous language. This gives the 32 women members the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for the incredible care they give their plants and their commitment to quality.