In Colombia, the absence of men in communities due to the upheaval over the last 25 years created a vacuum. Women found themselves as the de facto heads of their households — with all of the accompanying responsibilities, but none of the rights. Enter AMUCC, a Fair Trade certified association of women in Cauca empowering female coffee producers as they step up to fill that vacuum and bring about positive social change.
Simply put, we fell in love with their coffee and the people behind it. We realized that AMUCC is just the sort of community that Groundwork is looking to partner with. At the group’s request, we are creating an interest-free revolving credit line to help the certified organic farmers meet short-term cash flow needs. Moreover, to encourage the production of truly great coffee and the growth of the number of certified farms, we are introducing a Quality Award of $1 per pound to a farmer who produces a truly exceptional micro-lot. The first recipient of the Quality Award is Maria Cristina Potosi — mother, grandmother, 35-year veteran coffee farmer, and self-described “enterprising woman.”
In the Cup: Tangerine, red currant, milk chocolate, green apple, and clover honey