Colombia | Jan - March 2017
Women's voices are a growing force within our supply chain. The culture of coffee farming is deeply rooted in Colombia. ASPROCAFE Ingruma is one of the leading farmer co-ops in organic production, and we'd like to spotlight four dynamic women who are not only coffee farmers, but are also professionals employed by the co-op in influential positions. Their work demonstrates their commitment to mother earth and to empowering farmers.
ROCIO MOTATO SUAREZ, general manager
Rocio is a grassroots activist, on the ground working with farmers. She is one of the architects of el Dia del Campo, an annual event that brings together coffee farmers in their communities for training, education and community building.
LUZ MARINA GARCIA RUIZ, social program coordinator
Luz Marina manages the social programs that are funded by Fair Trade premiums. She is an active supporter of the organic movement, organizing countless farmer trainings. Her work also includes managing the co-op’s women’s program, food security program and a project to serve school lunches.
YANETH TABORDA MORALES, coffee cupper
Yaneth manages the Coffee Collection Center, where the coop buys the coffee from its farmer members. There she talks to farmers about their coffee’s quality, where she sorts and grades their coffee right before their eyes. She is also teaching other farmers to cup and analyze coffee.
ANGELICA ARROYAVE CORDOBA, quality ambassador and primary coffee cupper
Angelica is a skilled cupper and is engaged in coffee quality both within and beyond her co-op. She competed in Colombia’s National Cupping Competition in 2015, and won! She went on to finish ninth in the world. Angelica is on a professional path to become a Q Grader Instructor. She apprenticed with Equal Exchange Quality Manager Beth Ann Caspersen in January this year in Piura, Peru.