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The COPPALJ cooperative, namely Cooperativa dos pequenos produtores agroextravistas de Lago do Junco Ltda, is located in the municipalities of Lago do Junco and Lago dos Rodrigues, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.
The cooperative was founded in 1991, created by the babaçu breaker women and smallholder farmers to maintain the control over the babaçu palms.
Nowadays, the cooperative has 201 members located in 8 different communities where they have their own collection points.
The babaçu coconuts are collected and then transformed into babaçu oil, which is sold with an organic certification in the national and international market.