Beneficiaries: Sandra & Ana

  • Beneficiary: Sandra (before)
  • Beneficiary: Sandra (before)
  • Beneficiary: Sandra (after)
  • Beneficiary: Sandra (after)
  • Beneficiary: Ana (before)
  • Beneficiary: Ana (before)
  • Beneficiary: Ana (after)
  • Beneficiary: Ana (after)

Beneficiaries: Escilda & Erminda

  • Beneficiary: Escilda (before)
  • Beneficiary: Escilda (before)
  • Beneficiary: Escilda (after)
  • Beneficiary: Escilda (after)
  • Beneficiary: Escilda (after)
  • Beneficiary: Erminda (before)
  • Beneficiary: Erminda (before)
  • Beneficiary: Erminda (before)
  • Beneficiary: Erminda (after)
  • Beneficiary: Erminda (after)

Beneficiaries: Anunciacion & Esperanza

  • Beneficiary: Anunciacion (before)
  • Beneficiary: Anunciacion (before)
  • Beneficiary: Anunciacion (before)
  • Beneficiary: Anunciacion (before)
  • Beneficiary: Esperanza (before)
  • Beneficiary: Esperanza (before)
  • Beneficiary: Esperanza (after)
  • Beneficiary: Esperanza (after)

Beneficiaries: Edith & Eunice

  • Beneficiary: Edith (before)
  • Beneficiary: Edith (before)
  • Beneficiary: Edith (before)
  • Beneficiary: Eunice (before)
  • Beneficiary: Eunice (after)
  • Beneficiary: Eunice (after)

Café Femenino Group of Colombia
April 2013
Funded by: Café Femenino Foundation

Grant Requested: This project was requested by the Café Femenino Women's group of Colombia in March 2011.

Project Description: In December of 2011 the Café Femenino Foundation funded this project. It was requested by the Café Femenino women's group of Colombia. The amount requested was $5,300 to reconstruct 9 kitchens. Each woman was allotted $580 materials. The labor and additional materials were to be provided by each family so as to maximize the funding and to ensure the investment would be for the family.

This project focused on the health of the women and girls who are traditionally the main food preparers of the family. This project aimed to provide the resources for the women to have a safe, clean, and dignified place to prepare food and feed the family.

The new kitchens were built with ecologically sound methods in mind. Traditionally, in this area, the construction utilizes palm trees from the forest. These trees are beginning to become scarce because of this practice. The new building method utilized bamboo which is a resource that grows plentifully, regenerates quickly, and helps preserve the palms.

Another focus of this project was to install stoves that were properly ventilated to the outside thereby reducing the toxic smoke inside the kitchen.

The incidence of respiratory illness is very prevalent in women who live in rural areas due the task of cooking over stoves without ventilation to the outside. The harmful smoke fills up the kitchen and because the cooking duties traditionally fall upon the women of the family, they are several times more likely to become affected by respiratory illnesses.

Additional: The process of administering this project by the women was an important component to this project. The women's group handled the decision-making from start to finish. By meeting as a group, electing leadership, and agreeing on a methodology for the selection process, the women guided this process every step of the way. This component serves to advance the women and increase their leadership skills and abilities.


  • Project selected and funded December 2011
  • Project executed in 2012
  • Project completed December 2012
  • Final report March 2013


  • Café Femenino Program | Colombia
  • 2011-2012 Season
  • Kitchen Reconstruction | Phase 5
  • Project Amount Granted | $5,300

Thank you to our 2017 VIP Supporters!

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

Also thank you to our Amigo level supporters:

1883 Syrup
Ally Coffee
Andrew Melnick
Atlas Coffee Importers
Bob Forcillo
Brenda Cook
Brian Dibble
Brian Haas
Brian Nicholas
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
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 Clark
Joyce Klassen
Jubilee Cold Brew
Katherine Oglietti
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours
Klean Kanteen
Kolosvary Team
Kristin Ashenfelter
Lisa Grogan
Lori Dooley
Loring Smart Roast
Luke Damiani
Mad Brew Coffee
Mansi Chokshi
Marilyn Dryke
Mark Overly
Mark Reutlinger
Marni Heilbrunn
MauiGrown Coffee
Maya Tea
Metropolitan Tea
MJ & Harry Newcomb
MJ Newcomb
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
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
Russell B Fleming
Sally F Sears
Sally Koval
Satinwood Coffee Co.
Scott Brant
Sean King
Sherry Bowden
Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods
Susan Sage
Suzan R Howard
Team Kolosvary
Teresa Pilarz
Teri Magee
Thomas Albert
Tim Eeckert
Tracy Horton
Tricia Babinski
Unishippers of Montana
Vera Bettin
Victoria Raulino
Vienna Coffee Roasters
Vivienne Smith
Wandering Goat Coffee Co
Wesley Cunningham