2021 – 2022 Funded Grants

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Peru


Young Adult Product Development & Management Training 2021-02
Community of Pampa de Sequez (Cajamarca) & San Antonio (Amazonas)
Funded by: Kerry

The objective of this project is to train young adults to be able to produce and manage the farms they were raised on. The pandemic generated by COVID-19, makes us look at the rural sector with hope, the countryside did not stop supplying the cities with food, many young people who studied and worked in the cities returned to their communities when the colleges/schools were closed, when they lost their jobs due to the closure of factories/companies or they were not able to carry out their activities in the trades. Many built temporary housing on their farms to be able to escape the contagion in the populated cities providing us with the opportunity to train these young people and provide them with an opportunities for their future.

UPDATE: July 2022
Young adult training has started with San Antonio. We are also working with high school students since the topic was motivational, we worked with everyone. Workshops have also been done with leaders, promoters and inspectors from UCAM (Roblepampa, New York, Huamboya) and San Antonio.

 

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Refurbish La Florida Community Center 2021-12
Communities of Cajamarca - La Florida
Funded by: UP Coffee Roasters
The bamboo community center in La Florida, built more than 10 years ago, is where training meetings, association meetings, the 73 women (of the 113 members) are able to meet to discuss their problems and make plans for the future. Due to time and lack of maintenance, this building no longer provides the security needed for the development of the activities of the association.

The grant will provide the funds needed to purchase materials (bricks, cement, steel reinforcement rods) to secure the building, as well materials and knowledge needed to maintain the bamboos structure.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Beekeeping Project 2021-20
Communities of Lambeyeque - Hierba Buena
Funded by: Rappahannock Fredericksburg Rotary Club
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 nine (9) 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. Honey will be produced from October to January during coffee flowering time and again from February through September during fruit flowering time. This project will provide additional income for nine (9) families in the four community of Hierba Buena.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Small Breeding Animal (chickens/cuye) Program 2021-25
Communities of Lambeyeque - San Antonio
Funded by: Grounds For Change
Families in these communities base their food on products such as rice, noodles, etc., and do not incorporate the products they have in the area. They are neglecting local food resources with high nutritional value such as legumes of grain, vegetables and small animals, mainly “the cuyes” and chickens that can provide the much-needed daily dietary protein.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Wet Mill Infrastructure Improvement 2021-28
Communities of Lambeyeque
Funded by: Caffe Ibis
In years past the coffee producers in this area have been hit by coffee rust, but they are making extraordinary efforts to renovate their coffee farms in order to maintain the income to support their families need to substantially improve the quality of their coffee and balance their income by achieving a better market price. In order to do so they need to improve their wet mill beneficio infrastructure. They have a good-quality coffee plants due to the quality of the soils and the microclimates that exist in the region. Unfortunately, the quality decreases every step of the way during the harvesting process due to not having the wet mill infrastructure needed to process the coffee crop properly. This project seeks to support coffee producers with the implementation of the wet mill beneficio infrastructure consisting of two ceramic lined fermentation tanks, six cement drying patios and six solar dryers.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Kitchens: Raised Cooking Surfaces & Ventalation 2021-44
Community of Illambe
Funded by: Joe Van Gogh Coffee
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 10 kitchen improvements (new raised cooking surfaces and ventilating the smoke to the outside). The overall goal is to provide a safe and more smoke/soot free environment and reduce the incidences of respiratory disease in these communities.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Kitchens: Raised Cooking Surfaces & Ventalation 2021-45
Community of Pandachi
Funded by: Joe Van Gogh Coffee
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 10 kitchen improvements (new raised cooking surfaces and ventilating the smoke to the outside). The overall goal is to provide a safe and more smoke/soot free environment and reduce the incidences of respiratory disease in these communities.

UPDATE: August 2022
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Women's Empowerment and Leadership Workshops 2021-48
Communities of Amazonas, Lambayeque & Cajamarca
Funded by: Bewley's
This project aims to further empower the women coffee producers in Peru as they know more about their rights, develop their skills and talents, as well as learn production and management abilities that allow more women to actively participate in decision-making.

Workshops will be held in sever community centers that allow us to bring together the leaders of the regions of Lambayeque, Cajamarca and Amazonas. Workshops will cover content such as self-esteem, gender focus, leadership, cooperation and solidarity, teamwork, conflict management, sustainable local development objectives, communication and assertiveness, technical-productive management.

 

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Scholarship for Saira 2021-53
Community of Murojaga

Funded by: Sally F Sears

This School Scholarship for Saira is a request that will facilitate Saira’s access to education now that face-to-face classes have resumed in Peru. In order to attend school students are required to have a uniform, school supplies, a computer and a printer.
Saira’s mother, is from the community of Murojaga and has been a partner of Cecanor since 1999 and Café Femenino producer since 2003. Saira has been accompanying her mother to meetings even walking two or three hours when the meetings are in different communities. Saira suffers from UTA, a disease transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that causes ulcers on the skin and leaves scars for life.
Her parents have difficulty covering the costs of Saira’s education and the Association is requesting support from the Café Femenino Foundation. In addition, there is hope that efforts can be made to obtain support from the Faces Foundation to provide reconstruction of the scaring on Saira’s face.

The funds requested will provide school supplies, full school uniform, computer and a printer (to be located in the Café Femenino Community Center and available to the producers committee).

UPDATE: August 2022

 

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Agricultural Tools Micro Loan Fund 2021-54
Community of Amazonas
Funded by: Grounds For Change
The shortage of labor has created a situation whereby activities such as weeding or cleaning the farm are not being done in a timely manner, delaying the crop and its productive potential. Currently, the weeding and weed control producers do with machete, taking 20 days to get the weeds out on a hectare, with the use of chaleadora (weed eater) or scythe, the time that a producer would require is 8 to 10 days, reducing costs and time needed to complete the weeding process.
In the Amazon region, the rains are non-stop which facilitates the growth of weeds, there are times when weed control has to be done monthly with the use of the machete.

UPDATE: August 2022
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