Celebrating Women in Coffee
Pursuing Gender Equity in the coffee industry
As a farmer owned cooperative, Pachamama's mission has always been to pursue equity for coffee farmers around the world. By organizing into cooperatives, coffee farmers have more resources and access to pursue initiatives to better fund gender equity and equality. Women are able to take on leadership roles and fund initiatives to improve the quality of life for their community. Below you can read some of the stories of the amazing women leading the way in their communities and as owners of Pachamama Coffee.
A conversation with President Merling Preza
The Role of women in Coffee
"Women are leading in the production and commercialization of coffee in our country. Every time we acquire more space, and create space. Spaces that we need to retain and grow as we move forward, to ensure that women are present. And doing that takes great tenacity, and I believe, as women, we have plenty of it."
Funding Gender Equity Initiatives
Valuing Women's Work
In rural communities of developing countries, the female heads of households have responsibilities beyond the purview of agricultural labor. These responsibilities are activities traditionally considered to be “women’s work”: household chores, meal preparation, childcare. While necessary for the overall functioning of the farm, these duties are added onto the expectation that they participate in farming activities as well. This domestic labor is unpaid and disproportionately carried out by women, making it a significant barrier to their economic and social mobility.