Igniting a Movement in Peru

The Café Femenino movement started in Peru in the late 1990s. While women have always been crucial to coffee production in Peru, men traditionally held the economic power.

In 2003, 464 female coffee producers united to change this dynamic. 

They decided to separate their coffee production from men to gain visibility and a voice inside their community. Working in partnership with the Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO), they developed the first-ever market for coffee exclusively designed to empower women producers.

Their work ignited an important push for social change and the empowerment of poor, marginalized women coffee farmers. Since then, the Café Femenino movement now includes thousands of women farmers from nine countries across the world.

Café Femenino requires participating cooperatives to give their women farmers control of revenues, land ownership, and acknowledgment for their exceptional coffee. With economic control in their hands, the women farmers have used Café Femenino funds to invest in community betterment projects including children’s libraries, schools, health and nutritional education, and programs that build self-esteem, human rights awareness and literacy.

Today, the women coffee farmers in Peru now feel proud to instill in their daughters the expectation that they will grow up to become leaders in their community—just like their mothers and grandmothers.

Learn more about the Café Femenino Program and the Café Femenino Foundation.

To purchase coffee from the women farmers of Peru, shop online or email info@CafeFemeninoCoffee.com for more information.

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