The Federacion Campesina del Cauca (FCC) is a non-profit federation of coffee associations in Colombia that helps farmers improve the quality of the coffee they grow. Founded in 1971, it groups six coffee grower associations based in small rural towns outside the city of Popayan. FCC helps growers become fair trade certified and convert to more profitable organic farming techniques.
Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help coffee growers convert their conventional coffee crops into organic ones. With Kiva loans, they have a great opportunity to use sustainable practices that help the environment and limit the effects of climate change in their regions. Given the length of the conversion process, farmers have the option to take out loans that have three year terms.