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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Imagine if you could help Edelmina feed her family

People like you are using their money to help people like Edelmina 

Women in remote and rural coffee communities face a host of challenges that keep them trapped in poverty.   

Many of these isolated women live in male-dominated societies and have very little financial control or decision-making power. While women have always been crucial to coffee production in Peru, traditionally it was the men who held the economic power.      

In 2004 that changed, when over 450 Peruvian female coffee producers united to take a step towards empowerment, by creating the first Café Femenino co-operative. These women decided to separate their coffee production from men to gain visibility and a voice inside their community. Now, they feel proud to instil in their daughters the expectation that they will grow up to become leaders in their community – just like their mothers and grandmothers.           

The programme, which was created by the women of Cecanor, developed a never-before-existing market for coffee produced only by women to serve as an important vehicle for social change and the empowerment of disadvantaged women coffee farmers.              

The Café Femenino movement now includes thousands of women farmers from nine countries across the world.

CECANOR member Edelmina Suarez, said:                

“Coffee helps us to take care of all our needs, food and medicine. Our coffee is everything for us”  

Fairtrade Fortnight: 24 February - 8 March

“£1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

“For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. 

“This is why we at Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. If we can work together with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the commitments and policies necessary, then we can make it happen." – Fairtrade Foundation

At Shared Interest we are supporting the Fairtrade Foundation campaign, telling stories about the women farmers we work with to help them earn a fair living. 


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Thanks to Shared Interest investors, the women farmers have control of revenues, land ownership, and acknowledgement for their exceptional coffee. With economic control in their hands, the women have used Café Femenino funds to invest in community improvement projects including children’s libraries, schools, health and nutritional education, and programmes that build confidence, human rights awareness, and literacy.