Case Study

Supporting Coffee Farmers in Ecuador

Kinross is committed to developing long-lasting benefits for the communities in which we operate. Our partnership with APEOSAE, an association of coffee farmers in the province of Zamora-Chinchipe, including members who live near our Fruta del Norte project in south-eastern Ecuador, is one such example.

Since 2009, we have provided micro-loans, seed capital, technical assistance and infrastructure support to approximately 412 APEOSAE members and approximately 500 coffee farmers who produce organic and fair-trade coffee. APEOSAE is also receiving funding support from the Ecuadorian government through the Ministry for Social and Economic Inclusion.

In 2009, the association’s production doubled to nearly 250,000 pounds as a result of export to new markets in the European Union. The increased return on investment, supported by the production of premium brands and the fair-trade mechanism, has raised the farmers’ standard of living and quality of life. “We have seen that this works,” says one APEOSAE member. “It will help us leave a legacy for our children.” Going forward, the association hopes to expand its production to include Rainforest Alliance coffee and its export markets to include Japan.