Introducing another cooperative member we work closely with: Juan Bravo is part of Del Campo, an umbrella cooperative in Nicaragua with a membership of over 590 smallholder farmers who produce a wide range of products. The cooperative is striving to become as environmentally friendly as possible and has used recent funds to invest in solar energy, beekeeping, natural medicines and conservation projects. Juan Bravo is also President of the International Nut Cooperative, a majority shareholder of Liberation.
Continuing to introduce some of the valued network of cooperative members that Liberation works with, we would like to move from South America all the way across the globe to Asia, and more specifically the South Indian region of Kerala.
Fairtrade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) was formed in 2006 and currently has a network of close to 4,000 smallholder farmers in the region. The network actively promotes organic farming methods, gender equality and the legal and economic rights of smallholder farmers on a national level. FTAK have been working with them from the outset and are our main supplier of cashews. FTAK is also a member of the International Nut Coopertive, a majority shareholder of Liberation.
Now introducing Thomas Saviour Kalappurackal, first elected General Secretary of FTAK in 2017 and was recently re-elected in the AGM in January this year.
As a Community Interest Company, the farmers and cooperative members that we at Liberation work with are at the heart of our organisation. They are, afterall, the people that enable us to sell a fairtrade, ethical and delicious product! We therefore think it is important that not only our team but also our customers get an opportunity to meet some of the members. Over the next few weeks will be introducing a few of them.
Here we introduce Azgar Correa Periera.
Truly owned by farmers: already a majority shareholder, the INC have recently purchased even more of Liberation!
The International Nut Cooperative (INC) has been a shareholder of Liberation from its beginnings and we have developed a profound and enduring relationship with them, the strength and importance of which most recently withstood the test of the global pandemic last year. We are therefore very pleased to confirm that the International Nut Cooperative have recently bought further shares of Liberation. Farmers will now have an even more powerful voice in shaping the company.