Johana Martinez is the head of her household and mother of two children. For 13 years, she has been a member of the Cooperative for Farmers’ Assets of Jalapa (CCAJ), which is involved in the ‘Purchase for Progress’ (P4P) project. Out of the 732 members of the cooperative, 235 are women. “Being part of an organization has been a wonderful experience, because it has taught me so much about gender issues, production and cooperativism,” said Martinez. Globally, cooperatives contribute to the socio-economic development of their countries, create jobs, reduce poverty and improve the security and nutritional value of food consumed by thousands of families.