On the eastern slopes of the Andes, the town Rodriguez de Mendoza is found. The community of the Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Café Rodriguez de Mendoza (APROEXPORT) stretches all the way to the southern border of the Alto Mayo Protection Forest. The 356 cooperative members run smallholder-sized farms between 2 and 10 ha.
Ever since its foundation in 2013, the cooperative has strived to improve the livelihoods of its members. On a professional basis, experts are invited to consult on organic farm management practices. The cooperative deeply believes that only intact environmental conditions will continuously lead to higher yields and a constant high quality in cup. The area is known for its many forests and streams, a surrounding the farmers are aiming to maintain if not improve. By being Organic and Fairtrade certified, APROEXPORT hopes to reflect these efforts in higher prices also. This not only supports the coffee farmers, but helps to establish strong and independent structures on the rather remote countryside.