Women farmers have always been essential to the coffee industry, but they haven’t always received financial control or decision-making power. In 2004, a group of 464 women farmers in northern Peru decided to change this dynamic by separating their coffee production from men’s. Their coffee cooperative CECANOR joined their commercial partner Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO) to create Café Femenino—a program dedicated to supporting social justice and empowerment for women coffee producers worldwide.The Café Femenino program has since partnered with women coffee farmers in remote, poverty-stricken regions across the world to provide them with fair pay, better opportunities and a stronger voice within their communities. Café Femenino has grown steadily over the years—spreading out from Peru to include women coffee farmers in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Rwanda and Sumatra.

How it Works and Why it's Important

The participating women coffee farmers of Café Femenino receive a higher premium for their high-quality beans along with political and economic benefits including legal rights to their land, leadership positions within their cooperatives, and the opportunity to contribute to financial and business decisions. Many participating women coffee farmers have noted a positive shift within their communities, including reduction in physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; increase in family incomes; increase in men participating in childcare and domestic responsibilities; increase in school attendance among girls; and higher self-esteem from recognition for the work they do in the home and on the farm.  

Roastiva's Additional Support​​

To further support women coffee farmers and their communities, Roastiva donates a percentage of every coffee purchase directly to the Café Femenino Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that funds community betterment grant requests proposed and managed by the women farmers. These projects are essential to the growth and well-being of the local communities. Projects include health care, nutrition, sanitation, fresh water, and food security.