Oikocredit partner, Cooperativa Agraria Nacional (COPAGRAN), is a multi-business cooperative in Uruguay, established in 2005 out of smaller cooperatives.
COPAGRAN collects the wool from some of its 2,500 members across western Uruguay and has been working with Oikocredit since 1997, before the smaller coops merged in 2005.
COPAGRAN ensures its members the sale of the whole production and pays them in phases, so the farmers don’t have to wait too long and get a fair price for their wool.
They sell the wool to Central Lanera Uruguaya, a second line cooperative that processes the wool and exports it to 20 countries.
Marcelo is 48 years old, married with two children and a member of COPAGRAN. He herds 430 sheep, has some cattle and cultivates fodder. Marcelo has been renting his land from the government since 2003.
Marcelo works on his own as his family lives in Paysandu for his children’s schooling. Like his father and grandfather, he is a member of a cooperative and is glad to be a member of COPAGRAN, as it gives him security of payments and a better price for his wool.