Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our extraordinary roasting partner, Thornton Family Roasters, we are very happy to source from Las Rosas Women’s Coffee Project (formerly known as Las Marias Gender Project) out of Colombia. This project benefits 300 women coffee growers and their families, all of whom are members of the Association of Women Coffee Growers of West of Huila (Asociación de Mujeres Cafeteras del Occidente del Huila).
This initiative is guided by two main components: Financial Literacy and Women’s Participation (a component of gender equity), to improve their farming operations and the quality of life for their families. Within the component of women’s participation, the Gender Action Learning for Sustainability methodology (aptly nicknamed GALS) has been used to monitor the current state of gender equity within the group and to identify aspects such as: roles and functions of family members in coffee cultivation, land tenure, financial management, and decision making. The implementation of this methodology helps the community to, “develop new visions for relationships between women and men as equal partners, and implement changes in gender inequality.