Mujeres de Giraldo is a group lot that resulted from the initiative of Yessica Parra, a young and ambitious sourcing professional at The Coffee Quest Colombia. With her roots in farming and a driver for development, Yessica’s main aim is to support and motivate Colombian women to become agents of change, but more importantly to give them the right acknowledgement for their role in coffee production.
“Behind every coffee farmer, there is always a woman, whether she is his wife, his sister, or his mother, who supports him in planting, harvesting, selecting the cherries or managing farm’s responsibilities and Mujeres de Giraldo is exactly a homage to value women’s work” – Yessica Parra
Yessica is a cupper at The Coffee Quest Colombia and responsible for purchases in the region of Antioquia. Since her start at The Coffee Quest, she has expanded our hearts and helped us reach out to more producers. When The Coffee Quest Colombia discussed the topic of Gender and Social Equality through coffee, Yessica suggested working with the women producers in her area with whom she has built a strong bond over the years.
This lot is the first one resulting from the collaboration with these women. The project is running smoothly and gathering high interest and enthusiasm among all participants. Yessica is motivated and already looking for opportunities to expand into a program to benefit women throughout the region and beyond.
“As a woman working in the coffee industry, we want to prove that the coffee quality from female producers has the same high value of men’s, but the main challenge is to make them believe in themselves, due to the ‘machista’ Colombian culture” – Yessica Parra
Through advocating women’s self-determination in rural areas, Yessica can see change in the Colombian culture. In coffee production, women play a central, but often “invisible” role in coffee production. However, despite their importance, women generally have limited access to information, training, resources, and incentives. These limitations are barriers to women’s economic empowerment, and even to the success and profitability of the family farm.
The Coffee Quest is proud to introduce our roaster partner Fascino Koffiebranderij as an impact maker. They joined forces since the beginning of this project. However, we do not stop here. We are looking for roaster partners to join the revolution by producing amazing coffee.
Mujeres de Giraldo includes mostly Castillo and Caturra varieties, these coffee trees grow at an altitude range between 1900-2200 m.a.s.l. The coffee is produced by women, who come from the towns surrounding Giraldo in Antioquia. The process of this coffee is washed and wet fermented. The motivation behind this coffee is remarklable. Giraldo is a small town, where the level of mistrust between sellers and producers is quite high.
Mujeres de Giraldo, spearheaded by Yessica and Sirley, aims to organize our female producing partners into an association, with the aim of growing self-determination through coffee, and education. Thanks to the workshops, we are currently running, we are identifying and determining the needs of the group, and tailor the training to achieve their goals. We want to enable female farmers to become the agents of change in their societies. Our training opportunities we are offering are in the fields of:
- Empowerment & Leadership to raise awareness about the current condition of women, to identify their basic and secondary needs and to develop strategies to reach them;
- Coffee production to improve quality, yield and income;
- Business administration to enable women to build, grow and lead sustainable enterprises.
The Coffee Quest will explore opportunities towards biodiversity and sustainable coffee production, as part of the formation and development of this group, together with our roasting partners.
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