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2021 – 2022 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 2021/2022 grant applications and adding them to our website. Please check back often to see the 2021/2022 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
2021-01a Peru
Communities of Villarumi, Tallapampa, Murajaga
Early Education Centers $TBA
Grant Description:

COMING SOON

2021-02 Peru
Community of Pampa de Sequez (Cajamarca) & San Antonio (Amazonas)
Young Adult Product Development & Management Training $17,250
Grant Description:

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.

The Project, Young Adult Product Development and Management Training, will be a meeting place for training and exchange of experiences aimed at rural young adults between 15-35 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 modules will have cross-cutting themes covering gender equity, rights and duties, empowerment (motivation).

Training Modules:
I Associativity and Articulation Module
II Organic Agriculture
III Organic and Social Certification
IV Market Access
V Financial Education

The incentives will be in money, materials and access to funds to share outlined and approved by participating students at the beginning of the year.

The program will be offered to qualified applicants in Montana de Sequez and Pampa de Sequez (Cajamarca) and Nueva York and San Antonio (Amazonas).
Funds will be used for travel expenses and training materials for facilitators of the topics of each module, fees of a specialist to give a lecture for each module, travel expenses to participate in fairs, materials, tools and supplies for field practices.

2021-03 Peru- Lambayeque
Communities of Chilcal- Kañaris
Construction of Irrigation Water Reservoir $4,025
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 (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

2021-04 Peru- Lambayeque
Community of Murojaga - Salas
Construction of Irrigation Water Reservoir $4,025
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 (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

2021-05 Peru - Amazonas
Communities of Virgen de Fatima & Guadalupe
Raising Pigs $4,025
Grant Description:

This project will enhance food security by diversifying the consumption of proteins and generating additional income for the family by raising pigs for consuption as well as growing grains and vegetables. Since the pandemic it has become increasingly more important to value the local production and promotion of crops and raising animals to improve the family diet and income. The addition of protein to the diet will reduce the problem of malnutrition in children that exists in the communities.

These funds will be used to provide a training workshop on the nutritional value of adding the protein to the daily diet, how to care for and breed pigs and the delivery two piglets to per family (17 women) to the families in Virgen de Fatima.

2021-06 Peru - Cajamarca
Community of Cochalan; District of La Coipa
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-07 Peru - Amazonas
Communities of Portachuelo- Lonya Grande
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-08 Peru - Amazonas
Communities of San Isidro - Lonya Grande
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-09 Peru - Lamayeque
Communities of Hierba Buena, Kanaris
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-10 Peru - Lambayeque
Communities of Pampa Hermosa, Kanaris
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-11 Peru - Lambayeque
Communities of Santa Rosa Espinal, Kañaris
Wet Mill Improvement $4,025
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 this 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.

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.

2021-12
Adopted by: UP Coffee Roasters
Peru - Cajamarca
La Florida
Refurbish La Florida Community Center $4,025
Grant Description:

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.

2021-13 Peru - Cajamarca
Communities of La Florida, Pulan, Cutervo
Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop $4,025
Grant Description:

Breast cancer is the most common first neoplasm among Peruvian women with more than 6,000 diagnoses per year. 90% of cases have a high chance of cure if detected in early stages, improving their prognosis and quality of life.
This Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop is aimed at reducing cases of breast cancer by educating the women on ways to detect the symptoms of possible breast cancer, share the basic concepts related to risk factors for developing cancer, such as genetic factors, harmful habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to solar radiation, poor nutrition, obesity, infections and hormones. Workshop will include types of cancers and resources available in the event of a possible case.

This grant will cover costs of the self-care and self-exam materials for 100 women, medical consultation and mammography to establish a diagnosis if cancer is suspected and cost of the workshop facilitator.

2021-14 Peru - Lambayeque & Amazonas
Communities of Lonya Grande, Gran Vilaya, Bagua, El Ron
Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop $4,025
Grant Description:

Breast cancer is the most common first neoplasm among Peruvian women with more than 6,000 diagnoses per year. 90% of cases have a high chance of cure if detected in early stages, improving their prognosis and quality of life.
This Breast Cancer Prevention Workshop is aimed at reducing cases of breast cancer by educating the women on ways to detect the symptoms of possible breast cancer, share the basic concepts related to risk factors for developing cancer, such as genetic factors, harmful habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to solar radiation, poor nutrition, obesity, infections and hormones. Workshop will include types of cancers and resources available in the event of a possible case.

This grant will cover costs of the self-care and self-exam materials for 100 women, medical consultation and mammography to establish a diagnosis if cancer is suspected and cost of the workshop facilitator.

2021-15 Peru - Lambayeque
Community of Machucara
Construction of Irrigation Water Reservoir $4,025
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 (cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hose) to construct the reservoirs, as well as qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.

2021-16 Peru - Kanaris
Community of Villarumi
Essential Supplies Store Micro Loan $4,025
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. There are 83 producers (31 are women) in the community of Villarumi.

2021-17 Peru - Amazonas First Aid Workshop & Kits $4,025
Grant Description:

The objective of this project is to implement a first aid program providing a workshop and first kit containing basic medicine, basic equipment and bandages essential to provide first aid in case of minor accidents or ailments that do not require medical attention from emergency.
The coffee-producing communities far from populated centers or cities and travel time is lengthy and costly to travel for medicines or treatments for minor accidents. This is now accentuated by the problem of the pandemic that plaques Peru and the rest of the world

The UTZ / RA certification for sustainable coffee now requires each partner to have a medicine cabinet in place. Being the only possibility for the small farm coffee producers to have a differentiated product, to compete in the market and improve their income.

Funds will be used to purchase 50 first aid kits, supplies such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, cotton, anti-inflammatory medications, etc., equipment such as scissors, disposable syringes, gloves, masks, etc., and bandages like elastic and gauze, surgical tape, adhesive tape, etc., and trainer for the workshop.

2021-18 Peru - Cajamarca First Aid Workshop & Kits $4,025
Grant Description:

The objective of this project is to implement a first aid program providing a workshop and first kit containing basic medicine, basic equipment and bandages essential to provide first aid in case of minor accidents or ailments that do not require medical attention from emergency.
The coffee-producing communities far from populated centers or cities and travel time is lengthy and costly to travel for medicines or treatments for minor accidents. This is now accentuated by the problem of the pandemic that plaques Peru and the rest of the world

The UTZ / RA certification for sustainable coffee now requires each partner to have a medicine cabinet in place. Being the only possibility for the small farm coffee producers to have a differentiated product, to compete in the market and improve their income.

Funds will be used to purchase 50 first aid kits, supplies such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, cotton, anti-inflammatory medications, etc., equipment such as scissors, disposable syringes, gloves, masks, etc., and bandages like elastic and gauze, surgical tape, adhesive tape, etc., and trainer for the workshop.

2021-19 Peru - Lambayeque First Aid Workshop & Kits $4,025
Grant Description:

The objective of this project is to implement a first aid program providing a workshop and first kit containing basic medicine, basic equipment and bandages essential to provide first aid in case of minor accidents or ailments that do not require medical attention from emergency.
The coffee-producing communities far from populated centers or cities and travel time is lengthy and costly to travel for medicines or treatments for minor accidents. This is now accentuated by the problem of the pandemic that plaques Peru and the rest of the world

The UTZ / RA certification for sustainable coffee now requires each partner to have a medicine cabinet in place. Being the only possibility for the small farm coffee producers to have a differentiated product, to compete in the market and improve their income.

Funds will be used to purchase 50 first aid kits, supplies such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, cotton, anti-inflammatory medications, etc., equipment such as scissors, disposable syringes, gloves, masks, etc., and bandages like elastic and gauze, surgical tape, adhesive tape, etc., and trainer for the workshop.

2021-20 Peru - Lambayeque
Hierba Buena
Beekeeping Project $4,025
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 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.

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

2021-21 Peru - Amazonas
Guadelupe
Beekeeping Project $4,025
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 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 Guadalupe.

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

2021-22 Peru - Cajamarca
Communities of Pampa de Sequez and La Laja
Wet Mill Infrastructure Improvement $4,025
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 six 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.

2021-23 TBA TBA $
Grant Description:

COMING SOON

2021-24 TBA TBA $
Grant Description:

COMING SOON

2021-70 Guatemala
Communities of Santa Maria Nebaj & San Juan Cotzal
Hurricane Recovery: Organically Replenish Soil and Restore Coffee Crops $5,200
Grant Description:

In November, 2020, coffee and other crops suffered damage from Hurricanes ETA and IOTA, causing water erosion in the soil, landslides and infertility in the soil making it necessary to organically replenish the soil and nourish the coffee plant. There were 15,530 hectares of coffee affected by hurricanes, landslides and low land fertility causing low productivity.

The objective of the project is to replenish the soil with organic compost and raw materials, as well as provide funds for new seed beds and materials needed to help these women coffee producers maintain their organic certifications and recover their coffee crops damages by the hurricanes.

Funding this project will directly benefit 20 women from the Ixil communities of two municipalities, Santa Maria Nebaj and San Juan Cotzal. Indirectly, 20 families that are the family nucleus of the 20 producers will benefit, with a total of 100 people benefiting indirectly.

2021-80 Colombia - COSURCA Replacing Unhealthy Kitchens $5,175
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.

2021-90 Brazil Childcare Learning-Play Area $1,350
Grant Description:

The women coffee producers are unable to attend educational workshops and cooperative planning meetings because they don’t have care for their children. This grant will provide funding to setup an area where their children can play and learn while the parents are attending meetings and workshops.

In Brazil, with the young people are leaving the rural areas there is concern about who will do the work in the fields over time. While the world population grows exponentially, on the side of food/coffee production there is a group that is aging and without anyone to take on the family activities. This is an issue that needs to be discussed within the cooperative, since education is the pillar that supports the base of the cooperative and it is through education that we share information and create change. To do this, they propose an environment conducive to receiving children ages 3-12 with activities for play and learning that will allow their parents the time and opportunity to work together to address the issues and plan for their future and the future of their children and the community. They intend to bring more women to the meetings, since some of them cannot participate now because they have small children, working to create empowerment and leadership opportunities for the women.

With these funds they will purchase playroom materials such as interactive games, building blocks, tables and chairs, provide daycare teacher/worker during the meetings, They will have workshops on the 3 Rs (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse) and Rural Identity: working on how children understand their rural environment, as well as Plant Care workshops for the children.

2021-95 Mexico - Chiapas Training for Young Coffee Growers (15-24 years of age) $5,930
Grant Description:

This is a priority for them for three (3) reasons: It is necessary to train the next generations; to reduce the youth migration; to defend local food sovereignty. Coffee is the main income-generating crop for the families, making it necessary to help to solve some of their most pressing needs, such as the right to education, health and food. This situation makes them vulnerable when they must depend on a single crop or source of income. The cooperative is currently made up of elderly members, which makes in urgent to for a generational replacement.

This proposal focuses on creating a training plan aimed at strengthen the workforce of the young people between 15 and 24 years of age. The topics to be shared not only aim to expand knowledge about coffee culture, but also to diversify the “human plot of each of them”. The term “human plot” refers to the accumulation of knowledge acquired in different spaces of coexistence, from your family, community, educational, organizational, religious among others. The training plan aims to nourish with new knowledge and practices the “human plot” of each of the participants in different aspects such as:
* Production and cultural process of Coffee (ranging from planting, harvesting and marketing, etc.)
* Gender equity and the environment
* Human Development and Sustainability
The funds requested will be used for workshop materials such as notebooks, pens, etc., as well as vegetables & fruit seeds and food supplies and training of the children of the coffee producers (approximately 112 youth) in 14 communities; up to 20 young people will be trained per community.

 

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