Long time readers of Rosalilium might remember the expedition I went on to the Dominican Republic back in 2011 where I learned about organic and fairtrade cocoa as well as taking part in a community development initiative to help cocoa farmers.
Even longer time readers might remember that I trained in anthropology and development with a specialism in poverty.
My point is, these things matter to me. A lot. And I know what a difference small changes in consumer habits can have in dramatically affecting the lifestyle, livelihoods and opportunities.
But this isn’t about me.
It’s about coffee. And the women who are producing THIS coffee. Women’s coffee.
The folks over Taylors (the people famous for making tea) got in touch to let me know about a new limited edition coffee they’ve brought out called Esperanza. It’s a coffee grown and produced by a co-operative of coffee farmers in Peru led by a lady called Esperanza Dionisio Castillo. As the manager of their co-operative Esperanza has not only led success in growth but has spearheaded the fairtrade and organic certification and established a committee for women, ensuring the fairtrade premium benefits the women in their community.
This limited edition coffee will help Esperanza and her committee fund a women’s healthcare project in the community. Read more about the Women in Coffee project here.
Why is it important to empower and enable women in the coffee farming committee?
Women do the majority of the labour intensive work producing coffee, yet have far less control of the resources.
Women make up half the world’s population.
67% of the world’s working hours are worked by women.
43% of the developing world’s workforce are women.
Less than 20% of the arable land in the developing world is owned by women.
1% of property is owned by women.
55% of work in coffee production in Peru is carried out by women.
Of the developing world’s agricultural income, women earn just 10%.
And 90% of that income goes to the household needs compared to 40% of men’s.
By funding women’s co-operatives with the fairtrade premium and initiatives like this, the resources and funding goes directly to the projects that benefit them and their families. It’s a small drop in a wider ocean of shifting gender disparities and hopefully make the world a better place.
But what about the coffee?
You’ll be pleased to know that coffee is rather lovely. We took a big bag away with us over the weekend and it was utterly divine to snuggle up under a blanket, looking out at the woodland with a cafetiere of our Taylors Esperanza Coffee on our side table. It has a nice fruity tone to the coffee and tastes great with fresh croissants for breakfast!