The Café Femenino Foundation was founded in 2004.  Behind the impetus to create a foundation that was focused on helping women and their families in coffee communities was Garth and Gay Smith, who in 2004 were importing and selling organic and fair trade coffees from around the world.  What they found in traveling to these remote coffee communities was women who had no voice or say in any family decisions, had no control of the family resources; essentially had no rights, socially, politically, or economically.  They were poor, uneducated, and lived in isolation, all of which contributed to phenomenal rates of abuse. Though the Smith's no longer import coffee, they are still committed to the mission of helping coffee families around the world through the Café Femenino Foundation.

The foundation is a 501(c)3 IRS-licensed non-profit.  The foundation is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.  All of the funds the foundation raises, less operating expenses, go to fund grants that are submitted to the Café Femenino Foundation each year.  All grants are overseen by the Café Femenino Foundation in cooperation with other non-governmental organizations or coffee co-operatives operating in the area where the grants are being funded.  This method of operating with little or no expense has, over the years, proven to be the most practical use of funds that engages the aid of the help and support from the group of women, their families and communities that the grant serves. In this manner, the family and community are part of the process, and most times provide the needed labor to help build structures, or dig ditches for pipes in water projects, should that be what is needed by the grants.

The uniqueness of the Café Femenino Foundation is that it opens its ears and hearts to listen to what the needs are of these poor coffee families.  This is why the foundation works through a grant request program.  The foundation can review and support all types of needs, as opposed to just working to fund one particular need.  It is also unique in the fact that it works directly with producers and other organization to oversee projects.  This provides the opportunity to help in ever so many ways and in so many different countries. It also can provide the greatest amount of benefits to the greatest amount of people with the donations it receives.

Support the foundation by making a donation today!

The foundation has operated for over almost ten years now. The foundation has funded all types of grants, from community gardens, animal breeding programs, health programs, sanitation programs, water projects, income diversification trainings, nutrition trainings, only to name a few. It has made a huge difference for coffee producers in over ten different countries.

The foundation is making a huge difference not only in the level of poverty, but also in elevating the value of women in these remote communities.  It is reducing abuse levels, and it is calling attention to our industry as well as the coffee community itself, to the plight of women in coffee communities.  The foundation depends on donations from within the coffee industry and every level in the coffee value chain.  The foundation needs your support.  Helping these poor families also elevates our industry through these community and family oriented projects funded by the Café Femenino Foundation.  You can make an online donation, or perhaps your company might want to pick a grant that you want your funds restricted for.  It is a way that some companies even market themselves to their customers.

We hope that you will share the story of the Café Femenino Foundation with others, as well as donate. Become a part of building a new future for our coffee families that are at the bottom of the coffee value chain.

Thank you to our 2017 VIP Supporters!

Fresh Cup MagazineFantastico
Coffee Holding Co.Excelente
Cup For EducationExcelente
Dryke & AssociatesExcelente
Kaladi CoffeeExcelente
Organic Products Trading CompanyExcelente
Shirley StowellExcelente
ToraniExcelente
Walker Coffee Trading Co.Excelente
Casey "Flamehopper" PitelEspecial
Groundwork CoffeeEspecial

Also thank you to our Amigo level supporters:

1883 Syrup
Aerobie
Ally Coffee
Andrew Melnick
Atlas Coffee Importers
Baskets-n-Bags
Bellissimo
Brenda Cook
Brian Dibble
Brook Hanes
Brook L Hanes
Bruce Millito
Cafe Femenino Foundation
Cafe Kreyol
Caffe D'Vita/Brad Barry Company
Caffe Ibis
Candice Newmaster
Caravan Coffee
Carl Bringenberg
Carla Breunig
Carolann Magnani
Christy Deen
Chuck & Marilyn Dryke
Coffee Tree Roastery
Connie Kolosvary
Cup of Coa
Dan Jolliff
Dan Skinner
Daniel Warren
David T Mortensen
Diane Hagert
Dillanos
Elise West
Elizabeth Judd
Erica Monroe
Erin-Kate Whitecomb
Espresso Supply
Exhibitors Make a Difference
Fifty Fifty Bottles
Fog Woman Coffee
Fort Findlay Coffee & Doughnut Shoppe
Gabriel Hernandez
Gaylene Smith
Genuine Origin
Good Start Packaging
Great Circle Coffee
Greg Hayes
Gretchen & Steven de Hart
Grounded Coffee Company Inc
Grounds for Change
Guittard Chocolate Co.
Ian Duncan
Java Jackets
Jean Parry
Jeff Albert
Jeff Lowe
Jennifer Cain
Jennifer Luczynnski
Jennifer Student Sapp
Joe Ornato
JOHN BROWN
John Clark
Joyce Klassen
Jubilee Cold Brew
Katherine Oglietti
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours
Klean Kanteen
Kolosvary Team
Kristin Ashenfelter
Lori Dooley
Loring Smart Roast
Luke Damiani
Mad Brew Coffee
Marilyn Dryke
Mark Overly
Mark Reutlinger
Marni Heilbrunn
MauiGrown Coffee
Maya Tea
Metropolitan Tea
MJ & Harry Newcomb
Monin
Mountain Cider Co.
Nancy Langer
Naomi Silver
Nate Polly
Neil Madden
Noemi Perez
Novus Tea
OneVessel by Vessel Drinkware
Pacific Bag
Paulette Sullivan
Peter Cohen
Peter Saunders
PGE
Piper Jones
Pot of Gold Coffee Roasting Co.
Rachel Langer
Ramon A. Brongil
Red Rock Roasters
Red Rooster Trading
Richard & Kebra
Richard Lillibridge
Richard Murray
Roast Magazine
Rose Taylor
Sally F Sears
Sally Koval
SCA
Scott Brant
Sherry Bowden
Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods
Team Kolosvary
Teresa Pilarz
Teri Magee
Tim Eeckert
Toddy
Tricia Babinski
Unishippers of Montana
Vera Bettin
Victoria Raulino
Vienna Coffee Roasters
Visnja84321
Vivienne Smith
Wesley Cunningham