Through years of research and consultation with smallholder women coffee producers, we developed a training module that allows smallholder women to become independent coffee entrepreneurs. It includes the following elements.
Miguel Tello, the Executive Director of the International Institute for Restorative Practices leads the session, discussing the importance of circles and other restorative practices in dealing with conflicts in the farm, household and the community.
Alexandra Tuinstra and Norman Leiva from Root Capital lead the session on financial planning and ways in which coffee producers can use cashflow tools to better manage their coffee businesses.
Maria Rodgriguez from Byoearth leads the session on vermicomposting, its importance and commercialization (for diversification) and also methods for making natural fertilizers to battle for plagues in coffee plants.
We visit CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Cente), a center dedicated to increasing sustainable and inclusive human well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting education, research and outreach for the sustainable management of agriculture and conservation of natural resources.
Lucia Solis from Solis Coffee Solutions leads the session on processing methods, and ways in which simple changes in the processing techniques can influence the final cup of a coffee.
Alexis Calvo, the Q-Grader and Q-Processing Certified trainer leads the session on roasting and ways in which producers can leverage roasting skills to produce higher quality coffee.
Alexis Calvo and Lucia Solis lead various cupping sessions with the producers. This is a crucial element of our curriculum, as it equips each producers with the ability to negotiate for fairer prices as they are now able to distinguish the quality of coffee.
Upon completion of the training program, the producers that attend 90% of the training sessions, complete required assignments, present their knowledge to the community, and implement the methodologies in their farms graduate and become a Care Trader. The graduation ceremony is attending by family, friends and our trainers - celebrating the hard work and dedication of smallholder women coffee producers!