Supporting women’s healthcare in Peru

Taylors new limited edition coffee, Esperanza, is grown solely by female farmers – with a premium directly benefiting the farmers themselves.

In coffee, as with most agricultural commodities across the developing world, there’s a sizeable divide between the roles, responsibilities and earning potential of the sexes. According to a 2011 report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) women make up 43 per cent of the agricultural workforce in developing countries, and in some coffee-growing regions that rises to more than 80 per cent. The report reveals while women make crucial contributions – as farmers, workers and entrepreneurs – they face many obstacles and constraints, concluding that ‘achieving gender equality and empowering women isn’t only the right thing to do – it’s also crucial for agricultural development and food security.’

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Esperanza is named after Esperanza Dionisio Castillo, the manager of a coffee, cocoa and honey co-operative in Pangoa, in Peru. The co-operative’s mission is to help the development of its members, their families and the surrounding communities, through efficient trade, education, technical assistance, credit schemes and management. In 1999 the co-operative established a women’s committee called CODEMU (Committee for Women’s Development), initially focusing on microfinance schemes and promoting female leadership. Today CODEMU has 60 members and is fully integrated into the co-operative’s structure. Our Limited Edition coffee is directly supporting CODEMU, with a premium (in addition to the Fairtrade premium) going straight to the committee for interest-free microloans for women’s healthcare.

In addition our Esperanza coffee, many of our supply chain community and livelihood projects support capacity building and livelihoods of women.

You can find out more about Esperanza – the coffee and the woman – at Taylor coffee and in this article in the Independent.

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