The Café Femenino Foundation, named in honor of 464 courageous Peruvian women who made a decision to try to improve their own lives though their work in coffee production, was formed in December 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to provide grants to programs and projects that enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee-producing communities around the world.
The foundation works within existing socioeconomic structures to foster change. Despite ongoing progress, gender inequality, poverty and abuse continue to be rampant in many coffee production regions. Although most women coffee producers participate in all farm activities, they have few rights and little voice when it comes to selling their coffee or making decisions on how the family income will be spent. With no control of income and very few options, these women hold out hope for a better life.