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It’s a very humble house and I am still building. I took a loan from the co-operative which has to be paid back within a year. But small producers, if they are not supplying the fair trade market, could hardly afford a house, and they have no access to credit. Blanca has also been able to diversify production on her land, “which has given us greater food security”. EMPHASIS ON QUALITY “We hope that fair trade increases because there are many more coffee farmers in our region who would like to sell some of their crop through this system,” Blanca says.
Most people who worked on large coffee plantations lost their jobs,” said Blanca. She was fortunate. The Cecocafen co-operative had by then obtained the Fairtrade mark for its coffee. Blanca points out: The fair trade price allows us to eat, to keep our land. It means our children can stay in school and that we can have the basic health provisions. The price has enabled me to [ 37 ] 9. B R I N G HOPE TO COFFEE GROWERS send my daughter to university and build my house bit by bit. It’s a very humble house and I am still building.
Each of the village’s 270 residents, including all its children, was said to be carrying a debt of 30,000 rupees (£380). Not long afterwards, the people of Chingapur village, also in Maharashtra, announced a “human market for the sale of kidneys” and sent invitations to India’s President, Dr Abdul Kalam, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to witness the proceedings. The villagers saw this as the only way to raise money to repay their debts. “This village is ready to be auctioned. Permit us to commit mass suicide,” read banners displayed by people living in another village, Shivani Rekhailapur, nearby.