2018 – 2019 Funded Grants

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Guatemala

Leadership and Gender Training
Asobagri
Funded by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

99% of these women live in the rural areas. Most do not have schooling and are, therefore, illiterate limiting their ability to participate in management positions or on committees. ASOBAGRI considers it advisable to invest in training workshops that will allow women to get knowledge that will empower them and increase opportunities to participate on committees. These funds will develop a training program with four two-day modules for a group of 25 women that will first be offered to those already on the Board of Directors, Women's Commission and those women who have an interest in participating.

 

Library Operations
Nahuala
FUNDED by Cup For Education & Cafe Femenino Foundation

The community library has been an immediate source for children at primary and secondary levels of school. The Child Aid Institution together with the Nahualá Cooperative have funded the provision of books as well as reading and writing programs in participation with local schools. Since 2007, funding for these important programs has become increasing difficult to provide. With support of this project, the community library will be able to continue providing quality education programs for children and their families.

 

Library Equipment - Printers, Copiers, Books
Nahuala
FUNDED by Shuswap & Cafe Femenino Foundation

The project will consist of the purchase of books, printer and photocopiers to be placed in the existing Community Library. The library was built in 2009 by the Cafe Femenino Foundation and Child Aid to educate the children in Solola. The library is used by not only the school children of all ages, but all by the community in general. These added resources will contribute to the education of the students and the adults in the community.

The Community Library serves as a place of learning and provides programs for reading and writing to community members of all ages. It servers as a book lending library to the teachers, children, youth and parents of the community and it is a place for all to research subjects on the Internet. In order to provide more educational resources to the community they are requesting funds for new and update to date books, printer and photocopier.

 

Beekeeping Supplies Project
Nahuala
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

In 2016 they received 25 bee boxes from ROOT Capital. Since then they have learned about all phases of beekeeping and have increased to 40 boxes. In order to continue to grow this project and benefit even more families they are asking for these funds to purchase sugar, wax and tables. This project provides jobs and additional income to the women who are willing to work.

 

Strengthening of Biofactory Processes
Nahuala
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

Ongoing producation of organic biofertilizers, organic prodcuts to control coffee rust, fertilizers for flowers, disease control as well as fertilizers for growth. Project is taking place on the partner's organic farms. Goal is to product quality organic coffee, vegetables and other plants.

 

Nicaragua

Women's Health Workshops
El Colorado, Pueblo Nueva Coopamujer R.L.
Funded by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

There is a need for not only reproductive health education, services and medical testing for cervical cancer prevention, but for specialized care due to limited financial resources. This project includes funding for a workshop on reproductive health, equipment and staff person to perform PAP tests, payment to the lab for test analysis and results reading, prescription medication, and a facilitator to execute the workshops. One-third of the funding for this project will come from the women’s group as a part of an overall breast-uterine-cervical cancer prevention program focused on rural women coffee farmers. This request will benefit 62 women and their families which is approximately 310 people.

 

Peru

Wet Mill & Drying Patio
Aspape - Lambayeque: Penachi, Llaque, and Kerguer Communities
Funded by Jasper Coffee

With the goal of improving the quality of the coffee, as well as the lives and income of the women in the coffee-growing community, this grant will install 3 cement tanks and 3 drying patios benefiting 6 producers the first year; 9 the second year, increasing to 22 the fifth year.

Results to be measured by recording the quality of the coffee delivered, the quality of the coffee during cupping, prices obtained, participation in coffee quality contest as well as the income earned from the sale of the coffee.

 

Cervical Cancer Prevention Workshop
Salas, Lambayeque: Corral de Piedra, San Jose, Huanama, Kerguer, Penachi, Murojaga, Tallapampa
Funded by DR Wakefield

Cervical cancer is common in women in underdeveloped countries like Peru. Because women in the remote coffee communities has very little access to basic health services due to their location, illiteracy and absence of health policies by the State these workshops to raise awareness and educate the women measures that can be taken to help prevent cervical cancer.
There will be several Cervical Cancer Awareness workshops and Health Education workshops including information on infections by HPV from sexual transmission, promiscuity, early sexual relations and various diseases such as herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis or chlamydia and HIV infection, as well as promote preventive screenings and general health information. The women participating in these workshops will become part of the training team to go out and share. Funds will cover the costs of the workshops and screenings.

 

Beekeeping
Murajaga
Funded by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

Coffee is now the main income generating product in the Lambayeque region of Northern Peru, however the market price volatility makes it difficult for producers’ when prices are low. The beekeeping project consists of purchasing materials to build the bee boxes, bees, harvest equipment and workshops on all aspects of beekeeping. Workshops planned will address: Bee-Honey Production; Care of Bees; Honey Harvest, Royal Jelly, Pollen; Processing and Packaging of Honey; Uses of Honey in Food; Packaging and Labels.

A successful bee project will not only provide a second income, it will improve the coffee production by pollinating the coffee flower. The pollination will contribute to improving the quality of the coffee and other grains grown in the region.

It will provide additional income for six (6) families in the three communities of Villarumi, Tallapampa and Pampa Verde. These funds will be setup as a micro loan and in two years the funds will be offered to six more families. Families apply for the funds needed to start their beekeeping business and agree to pay the funds back within two years.

 

Casa Cafe Femenino
Murajaga
Funded by Moka Joe Coffee

The Casa Café Femenino project is in Murojaga-ASPAPE and is located in the Lambayeque region. It will directly benefit 30 Café Femenino women and 60 families in the community. The refurbished structure will be used for conducting training, holding meetings and become a space where women can meet permanently to discuss their problems and make plans for the future. The building will also provide temporary shelter to abused women and children.

The funds will cover not only building material costs, such as the cement, plaster, door and windows, but also tables and chairs and one bed and bedding. Labor to be provided by members of the community.

 

Kitchen Improvements & Workshops
Kanaris, Lambayeque: Villarumi, Cangerejera, Moyan, Machucará, Pampa Hermosa, Hierba Buena, Santa Rosa/Espinal
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

Most the of family kitchens in these rural communities are without windows or lighting. The walls and ceilings are low not allowing light to come in, making it difficult to see what they are cooking in their pots, “it’s like cooking in the dark”. There is a lot of soot on the walls and ceilings that is not only contaminating their food, causing respiratory illnesses in the women and children who are more often in the kitchens.

This project will implement 25 kitchen improvements (ventilating the smoke to the outside), workshops on the benefits of the improved kitchen, as well as workshops on how to maintain the improved kitchens. The overall goal is to provide a safe and more smoke/soot free environment and reduce the incidences of respiratory disease in these communities.

 

Casa Cafe Femenino
Kerguer, District of Salas, Lambayeque
FUNDED by Jasper Coffee

The Casa Café Femenino Kerguer-Aspape, is located in the district of Salas in the Lambayeque region. It will directly benefit 30 Café Femenino women. The refurbished structure will be used for conducting training, holding meetings and become a space where women can meet permanently to discuss their problems and make plans for the future. The building will also provide temporary shelter to abused women and children. This structure will also serve as a storage facility for coffee.

The funds will cover not only building material costs, such as the cement, plaster, door and windows, but also tables and chairs and one bed and bedding. Labor to be provided by members of the community.

 

Beneficio (wet mill) Equipment
Corral de Piedra
FUNDED by Joffreys

The beneficio (wet mill) located in Corral de Piedra was built last year without the funding to equip with improved equipment. This year they are operating the wet mill with manual equipment and are requesting funds to purchase a motorized pulper and a solar dryer. This will help them to produce a higher quality coffee and improve the income of the producers and their families.

 

Medical Emergency Fund
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

 

 

Early Education Center
Amazonas
FUNDED by Grounds For Change

The children in rural Peru are severely malnourished, this grant provides funds needed to educate the teachers, parents and students on food nutritional value and how to incorporate the foods into their daily diet with the goal of reducing malnutrition in the rural coffee producing communities in Peru. This is year six of this program. Each year the impact is measured by a visiting nurse taking, and recording, the height and weight of the students ages 3-5 three times per year. In total, 390 students in 17 rural early education centers will participate in year five of this program. The curriculum for the early education center students also include personal hygiene and dental care.

Funds will cover the cost of the traveling nurse three times a year, as well as materials needed for the early education centers such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wash clothes, crayons, books, paper, glue, lunch boxes, mats for the floor where the children sit and play for each education center.

 

Early Education Center
Cajamarca
FUNDED by Bewleys

The children in rural Peru are severely malnourished, this grant provides funds needed to educate the teachers, parents and students on food nutritional value and how to incorporate the foods into their daily diet with the goal of reducing malnutrition in the rural coffee producing communities in Peru. This is year six of this program. Each year the impact is measured by a visiting nurse taking, and recording, the height and weight of the students ages 3-5 three times per year. In total, 390 students in 17 rural early education centers will participate in year five of this program. The curriculum for the early education center students also include personal hygiene and dental care.

Funds will cover the cost of the traveling nurse three times a year, as well as materials needed for the early education centers such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wash clothes, crayons, books, paper, glue, lunch boxes, mats for the floor where the children sit and play for each education center.

 

Early Education Center
Lambayeque
FUNDED by Alpen Sierra Coffee Roasting Company

The children in rural Peru are severely malnourished, this grant provides funds needed to educate the teachers, parents and students on food nutritional value and how to incorporate the foods into their daily diet with the goal of reducing malnutrition in the rural coffee producing communities in Peru. This is year six of this program. Each year the impact is measured by a visiting nurse taking, and recording, the height and weight of the students ages 3-5 three times per year. In total, 390 students in 17 rural early education centers will participate in year five of this program. The curriculum for the early education center students also include personal hygiene and dental care.

Funds will cover the cost of the traveling nurse three times a year, as well as materials needed for the early education centers such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, wash clothes, crayons, books, paper, glue, lunch boxes, mats for the floor where the children sit and play for each education center.

 

Wet Mill Improvements
Guadalupe, District of Luya, Province of Utcubama, Amazonas
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

This project aims to support the coffee producers with the implementation of the wet mill processing infrastructure consisting of cement fermentation tanks and solar drying tents. This will help improve the coffee processing every step of the coffee harvest. These improvements will also improve the quality of the coffee and help them maintain their position in the specialty coffee market. Funds will be used to purchase three fermentation tanks, cement and three solar dryers.

The funds will be handled with the sharing methodology (microloan). These funds will be assigned to 9 women in the first phase and when the funds are returned, 9 more women producers will apply for funds to improve their wet mill processing stations.

 

Early Education Center Data Compilation & Analysis
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

This project will compile and analyze the data captured in fifteen early education centers between 2013-2017. During this time a nurse visited the early education centers three times per year to take the height and weight of each student to determine and track the incidents of malnutrition and obesity in the remote coffee producing communities. In addition to capturing the data there were workshops for parents on importance of proper nutrition, what nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains were available in their community. The children received similar information from their teachers. Lunch boxes were monitored daily. The children in the rural communities are severely malnourished and overtime there has been improvement.

The information compiled will be given to the authorities of the regional government where the early childhood centers are beneficiaries to influence the public policies related to the reduction of child malnutrition through the appropriate use of the food produced in the communities and to decrease the delivery of processed foods sent from the cities. The information will also raise awareness among parents, teachers and the authorities of the importance of pre-school care in the formation of eating habits, hygiene and healthy lifestyles.

Funds will be used for information gathering, recording and classifying the data, validating the workshops with the parents and authorities, analyzing and interpreting the information, formulating a conclusion and presenting the results to the Health and Education authorities.

 

Construction of Water Reservoir
Murojaga
Funded by UP Coffee Roasters

This community is one of extreme poverty and needs assistance to improve the productivity of the crops and pastures. Water is scarce and water management is difficult. Climate change has seriously affected the cultivation of both coffee and food, rainfall has been reduced to only four months per year.

They have been able to distribute the water through a system of channels to the producers by flooding, which can cause erosion of the soils and under utilization of the water resources. This grant will build small reservoirs that benefit 4 or 5 families and allow them to store their water quotas and install a sprinkler irrigation system. This would make it possible to have enough water at the time of the flowering of the coffee and to achieve an increase in production and quality, as well as ensure water for production of vegetables and quinoa and kiwicha.

Funds will be used for materials (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

 

Construction of Water Reservoir
Caracha
Funded by Aroma Specialty Coffee & Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

This community is one of extreme poverty and needs assistance to improve the productivity of the crops and pastures. Water is scarce and water management is difficult. Climate change has seriously affected the cultivation of both coffee and food, rainfall has been reduced to only four months per year. They have been able to distribute the water through a system of channels to the producers by flooding, which can cause erosion of the soils and under utilization of the water resources. This grant will build small reservoirs that benefit 4 or 5 families and allow them to store their water quotas and install a sprinkler irrigation system. This would make it possible to have enough water at the time of the flowering of the coffee and to achieve an increase in production and quality, as well as ensure water for production of vegetables and quinoa and kiwicha. Funds will be used for materials (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

 

 

Beekeepking Project
Lonya Grande
FUNDED by Coffee Holding Co & OPTCO

Coffee is now the main income generating product in the Lambayeque region of Northern Peru, however the market price volatility makes it difficult for producers’ when prices are low. The beekeeping project consists of purchasing materials to build the bee boxes, bees, harvest equipment and workshops on all aspects of beekeeping. Workshops planned will address: Bee-Honey Production; Care of Bees; Honey Harvest, Royal Jelly, Pollen; Processing and Packaging of Honey; Uses of Honey in Food; Packaging and Labels. A successful bee project will not only provide a second income, it will improve the coffee production by pollinating the coffee flower. The pollination will contribute to improving the quality of the coffee and other grains grown in the region. It will provide additional income for six (6) families in the three communities of Santa Rosa, El Porvenir and Virgen de Fatima, each with four modules.

These funds will be setup as a micro loan and in two years the funds will be offered to six more families. Families apply for the funds needed to start their beekeeping business and agree to pay the funds back within two years.

 

Construction of Water Reservoir
Asproagro
FUNDED by DR Wakefield

This community is one of extreme poverty and needs assistance to improve the productivity of the crops and pastures. Water is scarce and water management is difficult. Climate change has seriously affected the cultivation of both coffee and food, rainfall has been reduced to only four months per year.
They have been able to distribute the water through a system of channels to the producers by flooding, which can cause erosion of the soils and under utilization of the water resources. This grant will build small reservoirs that benefit 4 or 5 families and allow them to store their water quotas and install a sprinkler irrigation system. This would make it possible to have enough water at the time of the flowering of the coffee and to achieve an increase in production and quality, as well as ensure water for production of vegetables and quinoa and kiwicha.

Funds will be used for materials (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

 

Tile for Corral de Piedra Wet Mill
FUNDED by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

 

Food Security Workshops
Funded by DaVinci

 

Rwanda

Food Security Workshop
Sholi
Funded by Cafe Femenino Foundation Supporters

 

 

Sumatra

Compost Fertilizer Facility Project
Villages of Wonosari; Bintang Permata; Temas Mumanang; Suku Sara Tangke; Suku Bener; Suka Rami; Rembele
Funded by DaVinci

This project will provide materials and train farmers in composting and decomposting of raw materials. Organic fertilizer will be distributed to farmers to improve nutrients in the soil and fertility of coffee plants reducing the use of chemicals in the coffee farms. In addition, this project is to provide compost to the small farm producers. There is a plan to monitor the effectiveness of the implementation and distribution of the fertilizer in the seven communities.