Strengthening of Coobana

Project summary

Project: Strengthening of the organisation of COOBANA and social investment in their communities

The Co-Operative Group (COOP UK) and Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Bananera del Atlántico, R.L. (COOBANA)

Impact beneficiaries:

340 cooperative members and workers; and their families and communities they live in


Capacity building, renewable energy, sanitation, access to water

Organisational model production: Cooperative with a total area of 550 ha in 3 farms; social investment in 5 main communities where COOBANA members live (including non-members;  outreach of several thousands of people)
Intervention area:
  • Panama
Project Period:

01/07/2011 - 01/07/2013

Total budget:

£ 260,000
(€ 330,000)

Type of funding: Grant
Origin of funding:

The Co-Operative Group (COOP UK)

Name of partner(s): Interamerican Institute for Cooperative Development (ICIPAN); Asociación Centroamericana para la Salud y el Medio Ambiente (ACEPESA); Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP); Agrofair South Programme (AFS); Ministry of Environment (ANAM); Ministry of Health (MINSA).
Role Taste:

Lead organization


Project description

In 2010 Agrofair, COOBANA and the British supermarket COOP UK established a fair-trade certified banana trade chain. In addition, after a visit to the communities of COOBANA workers, a social investment project was developed with assistance of TASTE, with the following components: drinking water (capture of rainwater), sanitation and treatment of grey waters (latrines, septic tanks), cooperative development (massive training programme), computer courses, leadership formation, improved stoves.


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