What Makes Café Femenino Different From Other Fair Trade Projects?
• All Café
Femenino coffee is grown exclusively by women farmers.
• The social impacts of the Café Femenino project are remarkable.
High abuse rates toward women are decreasing in rural farming
• Many girls are now being educated. Prior to Café Femenino, it was
common practice to educate only the boys in the family.
• Families are slowly rising out of poverty and creating a better
life because for the first time, women are in charge of their own
money and their family's economics.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus found that "when it is
managed by a woman, the money is better utilized to benefit the
family than if it was managed by a man.” Women will feed, clothe,
and educate their children with their profits. Many men will
• The Café Femenino Foundation has been set up to further support
the women farmers. [www.CafeFemeninoFoundation.org]
• Within the Café Femenino model—and in the spirit of full circle
philanthropy—roasters, retailers, and consumers are able to support
women's centres in their own communities.
• Café Femenino coffee is organic which is healthier for the
farmers and their families because they can avoid pesticide
exposure. Organic farming is also better for the environment.
• Due to success in Peru, Café Femenino has been taken to other
poverty-stricken countries including Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia,
Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Nicaragua.