Peru: Management and Leadership Workshops
In order to continue the social mission of women in leadership positions, more training was needed to increase the skills of the leaders. Within these leadership workshops, three modules covered the topics of health care, food security, and education as effective strategies in overcoming poverty. Additional topics included human development, land rights, labor rights, human rights, management, leadership, and public speaking.
Dominican Republic: Cow Project
It has been very successful in the Dominican Republic in the two years since it began. It was our desire to bring it to a new group of women coffee farmers who were living in poverty. This project selected nine women to give the first calves to based on need. Once the cow was of age, it was bred and the offspring of that cow went to another woman in the group. This project was sustainable because of the careful management and care given to the cows. The cows provided a family the nutritional boost to alleviate malnutrition. It was prohibited to slaughter the cow. Its milk nourishes the family and provides additional income.
Kenya: Micro-Loan Fund - Kamurai Coffee Organization
The Kamurai women’s association continued to develop; the initiative of income diversification was on the forefront. With this Micro-Loan Fund, the women have access to the credit they needed to expand into other activities, such as basket weaving, poultry rearing, tree planting, soap detergent making, and mats weaving in order to suppliment their income in addition to coffee farming.
Dominican Republic: Chinola/Passion Fruit Project
This was an ongoing agricultural project that we aimed to incrementally increase each year. Now in its fourth year, thirteen women of the Bani Region in the Dominican Republic requested to be included in this year’s project. This project created income diversification for the coffee family as it empowered the women to become the managers of their project.
Peru: Food Storage Workshops to Reduce Hunger in the Thin Months
In the coffeelands, seasonal agriculture from April to August provides income from the harvest of coffee, fruit, vegetables, and grains. Food preservation is a necessary practice to ensure food for the family through the “Thin Months” season when there is no food being grown and the family must buy food from the city. Usually the family must sell their coffee crop in advance at half price to buy store-bought food. Food preservation workshops equipped the coffee farmers with the knowledge necessary to reduce hunger during the months where there is no harvest.
Mexico: Technical Training and Facility Improvement for the Nueva Colombia Women’s Coffee Group
The women of the Nueva Colombia women’s coffee group had a need for technical training, as well as facility improvement. Traditionally in the past, the training related to coffee quality and coffee farming education has not been available for the women coffee farmers but available to the men only. As coffee farmers, the women asked for the technical trainings and facility improvements for themselves to be able to increase their ability to earn increased income from their coffee harvest.
Peru: Sports Court - San Antonio
Funded by Cupper’s Coffee
The women’s group living in the remote village of San Antonio sent a proposal to request a sports court to be constructed in the centeral area of the village to provide a safe place for the children to play to combat juvenile crime, drugs, and basic inactivity. The school of San Antonio plan to organize leagues for soccer, basketball, and other sports to influence positively the children in team work, self-confidence and mental and physical health.
Peru: Educational Centers
Funded by Cup for Education, Kaladi Coffee, and Grounds for Change
This project created five Early Childhood Educational Centers in the remote Andes. Children under five years of age were not receiving the mental stimulation to promote learning concepts that lead to academic success. In the five communities of San Jose Huanama, Villarumi, Machicara, San Antonio, and Nueva York each, an eduational center is being built to serve the children.
Guatemala: Technical Training for the women of the Nahuala Cooperative
In an effort to increase income for women coffee producers, the women desired more training to increase their knowledge through technical trainings focused for women producers.
Peru: Kitchen Revisions to Reduce Illness - Aspro
The family kitchen in remote villages of the coffeelands are typically small rooms with no windows, lighting, and a low ceiling. The walls and ceilings are coated with black soot from the campfire that serves as a cooking surface. Because the food preparation is typically done by the women of the family, the incidence of respiratory illness in the women and children of this region is high. Improving the kitchens ventilation significantly reduces illness. Sixty women participated in the educational workshops on the health effects of the use of wood stoves. Thirty youth from the area also participated. Twenty-five women benefited from the installation of the improved stoves.
Guatemala: Asobagri Rebuild
Funded by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Coffee Holding Company, Organic Products Trading Company, Café Femenino Foundation, and Cleveland Brews
On September 20th, 2011 a landslide destroyed the main operating facilities of Asobagri Cooperative. Emergency Aid was sent to the cooperative to assist in rebuilding the facility and the livelihoods of the coffee farmers.
The September landslide that destroyed the Asobagri facilities also destroyed the offices. This gave the women coffee producers the opportunity to rebuild a space for themselves where trainings and management would be focused on the women’s needs and promoting gender equality.
Nicaragua: Reproductive Health Education and Examinations for COPEMUDESA Coop
In the community of Payacuca, Nicaragua, there was a need for reproductive health education as well as medical testing for cancer prevention and awareness for the women. This request benefited thirty women in the community.
Dominican Republic: Family Garden Initiative
The Café Femenino Foundation, through its efforts to promote food security to smallholder coffee farmers, encouaged the use of some of their precious coffee production land to grow family gardens. These grant funds help the family to be able to feed their families as well as to generate additional family income.
Peru: School Community Gardens
This project aimed its focus in the areas of education and food security. In this area of the Andes, there is extreme poverty. By utilizing the land that the school sits on for creating community gardens, the project increased the availability of fresh, nutritious food to the children of the community. Additionally, it provided an opportunity to educate more children and their families about nutrition and food sustainability combined with agricultural education.
Peru: Quinoa Cultivation
Quinoa had its beginning in the remote areas of the Andes where coffee producing families live. This grain is very high in protein and grows very easy in these areas. It is a good alternative in our initiative to increase the nutritional intake for children, many of whom suffer from malnutrition caused by the lack of access to highly nutritional foods. This project aimed to invest in fifty quinoa gardens for coffee families and two quinoa gardens at each schoolhouse.
Peru: Community Center - in La Florida Agua Azul
The women in Agua Azul have a space for their community bank. It needed paint, floor paint, electrical system, and toilets. In the small 26’ x 50’ space, a rural banking system was started in 1997 in order to provide small loans to the farmers so that they could improve their crops. Now, by renovating this space, the members are expanding its use to include community services that will help the farmers in other ways, such as a community meeting space for the women involved in the food security mission, a soup kitchen, a tool lending program, and for use as a base for the rural security group that keeps the village safe.