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As part of our Cero Tolerance towards Child Labor in coffee communities where we source coffee, a clear strategy was defined to mitigate the presence of children in the coffee fields during the peak coffee picking season.
Through an Alliance with Funcafé, the National Coffee Association´s (ANACAFE) Social Department, 10 Coffee Kindergarten and Coffee Camp Centers have been established each year
In coffee communities throughout Guatemala: Santa Rosa, Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Chiquimula and Atitlán.
The 35 day Farmer Aid Initiative covers education materials for Teachers and Kids, two complimentary meals, higiene products, library station by UNEX and Math and Reading contests.
With a goal in mind to provide Medical and Dental assistance to our coffee supply chain, UNEX partenered with the National Exporters Association (ADEC) to bring clinics in 7 different regions, covering 300 patients in one week. This Farmer Aid Initiative provides free medical assistance with diagnosis and medications as prescribed by our doctor and dentist on-site.
In 2020, UNEX and MOCCA, an initiative funded by the U.S Department of Agriculture and implemented by TechnoServe, joined together to provide an in-depth agricultural practices Farmer Aid Initiative to 3,000 coffee producers in the area of Santa Rosa, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango.
As part of Itochu Corporation´s sponsorship in the Farmer Connect Platform, which seeks to connect farmers to new business models by providing information based on transparency from the coffee fields to the consumer, UNEX is proud to have joined and is actively pursuing new business opportunities in this new project.