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2023 – 2024 Grants

Cafe Femenino Foundation Grants

The Café Femenino Foundation is a non-profit organization working to enhance the lives of women and families in coffee producing communities by providing grants and support to worthy programs and projects. Donations are an integral part of our success.

We appreciate your interest in the grants available for sponsorship and welcome your contribution to making a difference in the lives of women and their families.

We are in the process of accepting 2023/2024 grant applications and adding them to our website. Please check back often to see the current available grants available or contact Marilyn or by phone 360.909.8671 for an update.

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Grant # Country/Community Grant Name Amount More
2023-01
adopted
Adopted by: Darkwoods Coffee
Peru - District of Salas, Region of Lambayeque
Community of San Jose Huanama
Construction of Casa Café Femenino $3,600
Grant Description:

The Casa Café Femenino project is in San Jose Huanama, ASPROAGRO and is located in the Lambayeque region. It will directly benefit 15 Café Femenino women in the community, where training meeting and assemblies will be held, constituting a space where women can meet permanently to discuss 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.

2023-02 Peru – Region of Lambayeque
Community of Tallapampa
Worm Composting Program $4,200
Grant Description:

With the project we want to go into dissemination, hold workshops and bring coffee producers from other communities to demonstrate the advantages of compost and worm casting. With the low production per hectare of coffee and products destined for family food (corn, wheat, peas, beans, fruit trees, vegetables, etc.) is mainly due to the loss of soil fertility. In order to improve the yields of coffee and food products, the production of work casting is being promoted. This will allow us to properly use the remains of the harvest, the husks of the food, guinea pig, cattle and sheep manure that are in the area.

Worm castings are one of the best organic fertilizers being used for nurseries, but now only available to a small number of coffee producers. This project will change this and provide a large amount of compost and a more diverse nutrients for a larger number of plants. The goal is to achieve the desired increase in production.

Currently, producers have been incorporating organic matter into their soil in various ways such as coffee pulp, crop residue, kitchen waste, but these take time to decompose and to be assimilated by the plant is a long-term process.

The Californian redworm feeds on vegetables, animal and kitchen waste and then begins to defecate. The feces, a dark, earth-like matter with a fresh smell. In a period of 6 to 8 weeks, fertilizer can be produced, it is an organic fertilizer that provides nitrogen, potassium, magnesium, etc., to plants. This production of worm casting is a dark liquid that has been applied to vegetable, producing a larger quantity will allow it to be used in other crops.
As a result, plants are more resistant to pests and disease and to sudden changes in the environment. The composition of the soil will improve, as moisture is retained and soil aeration is increased.

Funds will be used to purchase the cement, bricks, tools and other materials needed to start the project, providing materials and implementing the system for tracking the production information and the records, as well as providing the workshop on worm bed construction and liquid fertilizer tanks.

2023-03 Peru- Region Amazonas
Community of Cococho
Rain Water Harvest Tank Construction $4,200
Grant Description:

In all our coffee communities, climate change has been greatly affecting the production of coffee, fruit trees, beans and vegetables. The occurrence of increasingly extreme weather phenomena such as heavy rains, floods, mudslides, droughts, heat waves, aggravate water shortages.
Previously, farmers had adapted their crops to 6 months of rain and 6 months of drought. Currently there are 03 months of rain and 09 months of drought and situations like the current one, a lot of rain in short periods and very strong shortages in long periods.

With this project we seek to store rainwater in tanks that allow us to safely store enough water and use it in sprinkler irrigation at times of greater scarcity and greater crop requirement. Funds will cover the cost of 12 tanks to store water for irrigation of coffee crops and vegetable gardens, as well as the Workshop on Tank Installation and Maintenance. Labor to be provided by the beneficiaries.

2023-04
adopted
Adopted by: Fortnum & Mason
Peru - Region of Lambayeque
Community of Pampa Hermosa
Implement an Irrigation System - Canal Espina $4,200
Grant Description:

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 (irrigation pipes. hoses and sprinklers) to improve the irrigation system to coffee producers, as well as provide for the qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

2023-05 Peru – Lambayeque
Community of Penachi
Young Adult Product Development & Management Training $6,000
Grant Description:

The purpose of this project is to develop productive and management capacities in young men and women to use up-to-date technologies on their farms, improve their living conditions with basic services, facilitate their access to connectivity and knowledge of digital techniques, having as transversal themes, gender equity, rights and duties and empowerment.

Community development depends heavily on youth participation. In the Case of the Rural sector, if they do not manage to involve young people in development proposals, they will not be sustainable over time. Youth has the potential for the transformation of their spaced due to the greater willingness to change, their aspirations and the constant search for opportunities, so they require better education, facilities for access to media and easy access to resources. Rural youth not only face the difficulties of youth such as access to education, early pregnancy and lack of employment, but also have to face the difficulties of the rural work such as poor coverage and low quality of public services, precarious housing, almost no access to land ownership. In reality, low productivity in the agricultural sector, the small area of land managed by families (smallholdings) and education not linked to agriculture mean that young people have no motivation to stay in the countryside. This project offers hope for the future of the young people and the coffee families.

The Project:
Young Adult Product and Management Training, will be a meeting place for training and exchange of experiences aimed at rural young adults between 15-40 years old who wish to progress and be leaders in the development of their community. This is a 3-year program, with attendance at classes 4 days a month. It will seek to encourage young people to achieve an approval grade and present progress in the implementation of organic farming techniques on their plot. The incentive will be in money, materials and access to funds to share specified in the internal regulations that will be approved with the participation of students at the beginning of the year. In this second year of operation of the school, it will seek to involve the students of 4th and 5th of the secondary level of Penachi (Lambayeque) The academic training will be developed through thematic modules that will be deepened in each year of training. The modules will have cross-cutting themes covering gender equity, rights and duties, empowerment (leadership).

Training Modules:
I. Leadership for Entrepreneurship
II. Associativity and Articulation
III. Agroecology and Agroecological Systems of Sustainable Coffee
IV Certification of organic production and Fair-Trade Certification
V Agribusiness and Market
VI Financial Education
VII Access to Digital Information

In the organic farming module, they will schedule an experience sharing trip. In the agribusiness and market module, training is provided to give added value to the products and attendance at a local or regional fair.

15 young adults, ages 15-50 years of age, from the communities of Araumajada, Caracha, Tallapampa, Murojaga, La Ramada, Kerguer, Penachi, Hualanga, Llaque, Pampa Verde, Miraflores, Machucara, Espinal/Sta Rosa, Hierba Buena, Corral de Piedra, El Naranjo, Villarumi, San José, as well as 100 conference participants will benefit from this program.

2023-06 Peru – Amazonas
Communities of Nueva York, Lonya Grande; San Antonio, El Ron
Young Adult Product Development & Management Training $6,000
Grant Description:

The purpose of this project is to develop productive and management capacities in young men and women to use up-to-date technologies on their farms, improve their living conditions with basic services, facilitate their access to connectivity and knowledge of digital techniques, having as transversal themes, gender equity, rights and duties and empowerment.

Community development depends heavily on youth participation. In the Case of the Rural sector, if they do not manage to involve young people in development proposals, they will not be sustainable over time. Youth has the potential for the transformation of their spaced due to the greater willingness to change, their aspirations and the constant search for opportunities, so they require better education, facilities for access to media and easy access to resources. Rural youth not only face the difficulties of youth such as access to education, early pregnancy and lack of employment, but also have to face the difficulties of the rural work such as poor coverage and low quality of public services, precarious housing, almost no access to land ownership. In reality, low productivity in the agricultural sector, the small area of land managed by families (smallholdings) and education not linked to agriculture mean that young people have no motivation to stay in the countryside. This project offers hope for the future of the young people and the coffee families.

The Project:
Young Adult Product and Management Training, will be a meeting place for training and exchange of experiences aimed at rural young adults between 15-40 years old who wish to progress and be leaders in the development of their community. This is a 3-year program, with attendance at classes 4 days a month. It will seek to encourage young people to achieve an approval grade and present progress in the implementation of organic farming techniques on their plot. The incentive will be in money, materials, and access to funds to share specified in the internal regulations that will be approved with the participation of students at the beginning of the year. In this second year of operation of the school, it will seek to involve the students of 4th and 5th of the secondary level of Nueva York, Lonya Grande; San Antonio, El Ron (Amazonas). The academic training will be developed through thematic modules that will be deepened in each year of training. The modules will have cross-cutting themes covering gender equity, rights and duties, empowerment (leadership).

Training Modules:
I. Leadership for Entrepreneurship
II. Associativity and Articulation
III. Agroecology and Agroecological Systems of Sustainable Coffee
IV Certification of organic production and Fair-Trade Certification
V Agribusiness and Market
VI Financial Education
VII Access to Digital Information

In the organic farming module, they will schedule an experience sharing trip. In the agribusiness and market module, training is provided to give added value to the products and attendance at a local or regional fair.

15 young adults, ages 15-50 years of age, from the communities of San Antonio, Huamboya, Nueva York, Roblepampa, El Aliso, San Antonio del Ron, Virgen de Fátima, El Porvenir, Guadalupe y Cococho. as well as 100 conference participants will benefit from this program.

2023-07 Peru – Cajamarca
Community of Pampa de Seques
Young Adult Product Development & Management Training $6,000
Grant Description:

The purpose of this project is to develop productive and management capacities in young men and women to use up-to-date technologies on their farms, improve their living conditions with basic services, facilitate their access to connectivity and knowledge of digital techniques, having as transversal themes, gender equity, rights and duties and empowerment.

Community development depends heavily on youth participation. In the Case of the Rural sector, if they do not manage to involve young people in development proposals, they will not be sustainable over time. Youth has the potential for the transformation of their spaced due to the greater willingness to change, their aspirations and the constant search for opportunities, so they require better education, facilities for access to media and easy access to resources. Rural youth not only face the difficulties of youth such as access to education, early pregnancy and lack of employment, but also have to face the difficulties of the rural work such as poor coverage and low quality of public services, precarious housing, almost no access to land ownership. In reality, low productivity in the agricultural sector, the small area of land managed by families (smallholdings) and education not linked to agriculture mean that young people have no motivation to stay in the countryside. This project offers hope for the future of the young people and the coffee families.

The Project:
Young Adult Product and Management Training, will be a meeting place for training and exchange of experiences aimed at rural young adults between 15-40 years old who wish to progress and be leaders in the development of their community. This is a 3-year program, with attendance at classes 4 days a month. It will seek to encourage young people to achieve an approval grade and present progress in the implementation of organic farming techniques on their plot. The incentive will be in money, materials, and access to funds to share specified in the internal regulations that will be approved with the participation of students at the beginning of the year. In this second year of operation of the school, it will seek to involve the students of 4th and 5th of the secondary level of Pampa de Seques (Cajamarca) schools. The academic training will be developed through thematic modules that will be deepened in each year of training. The modules will have cross-cutting themes covering gender equity, rights and duties, empowerment (leadership).

Training Modules:
I. Leadership for Entrepreneurship
II. Associativity and Articulation
III. Agroecology and Agroecological Systems of Sustainable Coffee
IV Certification of organic production and Fair-Trade Certification
V Agribusiness and Market
VI Financial Education
VII Access to Digital Information

In the organic farming module, they will schedule an experience sharing trip. In the agribusiness and market module, training is provided to give added value to the products and attendance at a local or regional fair.

15 young adults, ages 15-50 years of age, from the communities of Pampa de Seques, Montaña de Seques, Agua Azul, Limoncito, Granadillo, Sta Rosa de Minas, Lijadero, Paltomayo. as well as 100 conference participants will benefit from this program.

2023-08 Peru- Region Amazonas
Communities of Sector of Barbasco-Cococho – Luya
Improve Wet Mill Benefio Infrastructure (tanks, drying patios and pulpers) $4,200
Grant Description:

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 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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-09 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Community of Cococho
Small Breeding Animal (chickens/guinea pigs) Program $4,200
Grant Description:

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, grain, vegetables and small animals, mainly “the cuyes” and chickens that can provide the much-needed daily dietary protein. The pandemic has begun the process of further evaluating the products that are, or can be, produced in the communities.

This is a program the Café Femenino Foundation has supported for many years through different initiatives such as the cultivation of quinoa, kiwicha and vegetables, as well as the small breeding animal program that encourages the consumption of protein to reduce malnutrition. The women will be trained on all aspects of the program becoming an active promoter of the economic and social development of her family, organization and community, strengthening mutual aid, solidarity and cooperation between men and women, as well as the opportunity to share experiences. The program will provide workshops covering topics such as the nutritional importance of cuye-chicken meat and eggs; constructing and installing modules for both cuye and small hens and offer competitions featuring the use of the cuye, chicken meat and eggs and other grains and vegetables produced in their communities.

This program includes a training workshop on the iportance of quinea pig meat and eggs, installation of small improved guinea pig rearing and small hem modules and a contest of disches based on guinea pig meat, chicken, effs, quinoa, kiwicha, legumes and vegetables. Program offers the possibility of generating additional income and enhance the exchange of produce/products within the community.

2023-10 Peru- Region Amazonas
Community of Guadelupe - Luya
Chifle (banana chips) Production & Marketing $6,000
Grant Description:

The project Production and commercialization of chifles in the community of Guadalupe seeks to contribute to improving the income of producers through the production of chifles. There is an important raw material in the community, banana production is the second most important product on the farm, but much of this production is wasted on the farm since it is not a product that can be negotiated in the local market because everyone produces it. Providing added value with the production of chifles, it is marketed, at first, in the community of Guadalupe, to later expand its scope to Cococho, Campo Redondo Ocalli and larger markets such as Lonya Grande.

This grant will provide funds for the Witfinch machine, motor, double steel blade, fryers; Workshops on Chifle Production and Packaging and Marketing Chifle. There will also be a Basic Financial Education Training Workshop. Overtime, this program will provide families the opportunity to earn an additional income other than their coffee, give added value to a raw material that is underused, such as bananas. 10 women coffee producers will benefit from this project.

2023-11
Funded by: Kerry Europe Raffle
Peru- Region Cajamarca
Communities: Vista Hermost
Kitchen Improvement $1,725
Grant Description:

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 15 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.

2023-12 Peru- Region Amazonas
Community of Guadelupe - Luya
Organic Fertilizer & Pest Control Supply Store $4,200
Grant Description:

With this project of creating an organic fertilizer and pest control supply store in the community of Guadelupe we will be addressing important and urgent needs to improve crop productivity and control plant pests and diseases and improve the income of small producers. The isolation in which the Andean-Amazonian peoples find themselves, the terrible access roads, the individual displacements to easily buy these organic supplies and make it easier to purchase the non-organic supplies made available in the nearby community of Lonya Grande so it is necessary to facilitate the access to the organic fertilizers and pest control supplies allowed to maintain their organic certification.

The funds requested will be used to purchase supplies for the control of pests and diseases of coffee, corn and vegetables, organic fertilizers and irrigation pipes.

An administrative committee will be appointed to manage the fund. The producer will request the supplies he requires and after evaluation by the Management Committee, he will be given the supplies with the agreement to repay the costs at the time of the sale of his coffee. 60 people could directly benefit from having the Organic Supply Store close by.

2023-13 Peru- Region Cajamarca
Communities of Pampa de Sequez and La Laja
Improve Wet Mill Benefio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

In years past the coffee producers in this area have been hit by adverse weather and 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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-14
Funded by: Coffee Holding Co & OPTCO
Peru- Region Amazonas
Communities of Huamboya, Nueva York and Roblepampa
Improve Wet Mill Beneficio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

In years past the coffee producers in this area have been hit by adverse weather and 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 lined fermentation tanks-cement lined, solar tents, trays that help maintain coffee quality and sustain them in the niche market of certified specialty coffees. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-15 Peru- Region Amazonas
Communities of Sector Vista Hermosa – Luya
Improve Wet Mill Benefio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

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 four solar dryers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-16 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Communities of Espinal/Santa Rosa
Improve Wet Mill Beneficio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-17 Peru- Region Amazonas
Community of San Antonio
Improve Wet Mill Benefio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-18 Peru- Region Cajamarca
Communities of Santa Rosa de Minas and Querocotillo
Improve Wet Mill Beneficio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-19 Peru- Region Amazonas
Communities: San Antonio del Ron, La Palma, El Aliso
Kitchen Improvement $3,000
Grant Description:

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 15 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 25 kitchens in these communities.

2023-20 Peru- Region Cajamarca
Community of Granadillo-Querocotillo
Kitchen Improvement $3,000
Grant Description:

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 15 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 16 kitchens in these communities.

2023-21 Peru- Region Cajamarca
Community of Lijadero
Construction of a Mini Irrigation Water Reservoir $4,200
Grant Description:

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 10 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.

2023-22 Peru- Region Amazonas
Community of Nueva York
Beekeeping Project $4,200
Grant Description:

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 ten (10) 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 ten (10) families in the four community of Nueva York

2023-23 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Community of Murojaga
Beekeeping Project $4,200
Grant Description:

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 ten (10) 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 ten (10) families in the four community of Murojaga.

2023-24 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Community of Corral de Piedra
Beekeeping Project $4,200
Grant Description:

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 ten (10) 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 ten (10) families in the four community of Corral de Piedra.

2023-25 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Community of Penachi
Beekeeping Project $4,200
Grant Description:

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 ten (10) 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 ten (10) families in the four community of Penachi.

2023-26 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Community of Machucara
Beekeeping Project $4,200
Grant Description:

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 ten (10) 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 ten (10) families in the four community of Machucara.

2023-27 Peru - Region Amazonas
Community of El Ron
Small Breeding Animal (chickens/guinea pigs) Program $4,200
Grant Description:

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, grain, vegetables and small animals, mainly “the cuyes” and chickens that can provide the much-needed daily dietary protein. The pandemic has begun the process of further evaluating the products that are, or can be, produced in the communities. This is a program the Café Femenino Foundation has supported for many years through different initiatives such as the cultivation of quinoa, kiwicha and vegetables, as well as the small breeding animal program that encourages the consumption of protein to reduce malnutrition. The women will be trained on all aspects of the program becoming an active promoter of the economic and social development of her family, organization and community, strengthening mutual aid, solidarity and cooperation between men and women, as well as the opportunity to share experiences. The program will provide workshops covering topics such as the nutritional importance of cuye-chicken meat and eggs; constructing and installing modules for both cuye and small hens and offer competitions featuring the use of the cuye, chicken meat and eggs and other grains and vegetables produced in their communities. This program includes a training workshop on the importance of quinea pig meat and eggs, installation of small improved guinea pig rearing and small hem modules and a contest of dishes based on guinea pig meat, chicken, effs, quinoa, kiwicha, legumes and vegetables. Program offers the possibility of generating additional income and enhance the exchange of produce/products within the community.

2023-28 Peru - Regions Amazonas, Cajamarca, Lambayeque Women’s Empowerment & Leadership in Agriculture Workshops Phase II $10,500
Grant Description:

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 be held in seven locations 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.

Background Information:
The trend in the world is towards the revaluation of women, the same that through recent decades has been gaining traction in both the labor, social, economic and political aspects. The Café Femenino initiative has been contributing by allowing its members access to land ownership and the market. For the women to register in the association they need to prove the ownership of the farm to participate in the Specialty Coffee Program and their product must be separated throughout the process: it is harvested separately, taken to the collection centers, then to the central warehouse in bags marked with their name/information. It is also processed separately, packaged and exported under the brand of Café Femenino. The payment for the product delivered to the organization is made directly to the women, as well as any other incentives and they, the women, decide on what and how to use it.

Although progress has been made in making evident the economic contribution of the women to the economy of the family and the community, women’s access to decision-making roles within the organization is still slow. 52% of the members of the organization are women, but the percentage is not reflected in the Assembly of Delegates, on the Boards of Directors and the specialized committees. These workshops are aimed at building the knowledge and skills needed to encourage the women to strive to take on the leadership positions within their cooperatives, the community and family.

Phase I Workshop Topics were: Leadership; Gender Approach; Cooperation and Solidarity; Teamwork; Communication and Assertiveness; Technical Productive Management-Diversification; Organization Management & Commercial Management. Participant Summary: 50 women leaders; 200 women workshop participants and 20 male leaders were workshop participants.
Phase II Workshop Topics are: Empowerment & Leadership; Collaborative Work; Soil Analysis; Organic Fertilizer Preparation; Productive Diversification Worships (crops and breeding); Integrated Pest and Disease Management; Coexistence between Agriculture and Biodiversity; Financial Literacy; Exchange of Experiences, as well as participation incentives.
Specific Objectives and how the objectives air to improve the lives of women and children in these coffee-producing communities:
* Women taking leadership positions in the organization;
* Women gain comprehensive view of farm management;
* Women knowing the Time of Use of Time in Reproductive Activities;
* Women gain a comprehensive vision in the leadership of the organization.

2023-29 Peru – Region Lambayeque
Communities of Huacapampa & Panchachi
Essential Supplies Store Micro Loan $4,200
Grant Description:

The Andean communities are isolated from shopping centers, access roads are poor and public transportation is only available once or twice a week. The pandemic has made the difficulties of accessing not only food but supplies to increase the productivity of their crops, control pests and crop diseases that these people face even more evident. They are requesting funds to establish an “Essential Supplies Store” within their community. The store will be stocked with products such as pest control for coffee, maize and vegetable diseases, organic fertilizers and irrigation pipes. The inventory will be controlled by the Store Management Committee. The coffee producers will make payment at the time of the sale of his/her coffee.

Funding this program will contribute to timely pest and disease control and improve crop productivity and ultimately increase the family income.

2023-30 Peru- Region Lambayeque
Communities of Huacapampa & Pandachi
Improve Wet Mill Beneficio Infrastructure $4,200
Grant Description:

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, four cement drying patios and six pulpers. Results will be measure by recording the quality of the coffee delivered by the producers; the quality of the coffee in the cup; prices obtained for the coffee; participation in coffee quality competitions and the income received from the sale of their coffee.

2023-31 Peru – Region Lambayeque
Community of Villarumi
Construction of a Mini Irrigation Water Reservoir $4,200
Grant Description:

Grant Summary: 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 10 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.

2022-90 Sumatra
Koperasi Kopi Wanita Gayo
Replacing Coffee Plants (Seed Program) $6,000
Grant Description:

The 391 female coffee farmers have 283 hectares with an estimate 2,389 kg of coffee cherry per year; optimal coffee production is between 4-5/kg. Currently increasing coffee production is constrained by several factors such as old plant age and the solution to increase the coffee production is to replace the old coffee plants. This request is to purchase new coffee seeds to increase coffee production. The seeds will replace the old seeds and will provide for distribution of the new quality seeds based on the wishes of the women for coffee varieties according to the place of growth.

2022-95 Colombia
Cauca, central and southern region
Replacing Unhealthy Kitchens $5,400
Grant Description:

For the women of Colombia, the family meals are prepared in unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Food is being prepared over open fires that cause respiratory illnesses for the women and small children. This grant will repair or replace kitchens to improve health for nine families. The kitchens will include stoves that vent to the outside, water plumbed to the inside, and work surfaces providing better sanitary conditions. They will be built with sustainable materials and the project will also serve as a sustainable construction training program for young people. All labor will be provided by the family as well as a portion of the investment in material costs.

 

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