Empowering Women in Coffee Farming:
Inspirational Stories of Resilience and Success
Kabngetuny Farmer’s Cooperative Society, which provides our premium-grade coffee beans, is nestled high up in the hills of Kericho County, Kenya. Its story is unique: typically, land is owned by men, but the men in this co-op each gifted 50 coffee seedlings and some land to their wives, enabling them to have their own source of income and become members of the co-op. Esther Koskei is one of those women.
Lesbia Montenegro, a coffee farmer from northern Nicaragua, speaks about her coffee farm and how she was born and raised surrounded by coffee. She feels happy to see women harvesting their own coffee, becoming successful, standing up by themselves, and improving their quality of living. Lesbia is proud of being a coffee farmer and views coffee as freedom for many women in Nicaragua.
Andrea Lopez co-founded Witoca to bring Ecuadorian coffee to the world while empowering local women and coffee farmers. As the first female Q-Grade Cupper in the region, Lopez is helping women increase their knowledge and confidence as farmers and entrepreneurs. Andrea aims to demonstrate to fellow farmers and children of the region that they have an economic future in their own communities.