For Mélida Montero, espresso is greater than a drink. It’s a lifestyle. “I’ve at all times grown espresso; my mother and father and grandparents at all times grew espresso. I raised my youngsters on espresso. Espresso is in my roots; that is what I’ve been given in life”.
Ms. Montero lives in El Tambo, Cauca, a area of Colombia that was significantly affected by the battle, up till the signing of the August 2016 Peace Settlement. Earlier than then, native communities, particularly girls, struggled to create regular sources of revenue for his or her households.
Rebuilding the economies of those areas was a key a part of that Settlement, and the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) – the UN’s monetary instrument of first resort to maintain peace in international locations in danger or affected by violent battle – financed an revolutionary, one-of-a-kind initiative via the Multi-Associate Belief Fund for Sustaining Peace in Colombia, in 2018.
The tenacity of the ‘50 Amigas’
In consequence, 50 girls, all heads of households and occasional producers in El Tambo, have been empowered to start out their enterprise and get direct entry to advertise their espresso internationally.
Skilled in advertising and marketing and outfitted with the technical data in natural espresso manufacturing, these girls espresso growers developed their very own model of natural roasted espresso, ‘50 Amigas – Valiant collective’, representing the wealthy historical past of the Cauca mountains and the tenacity of its girls. The small-scale espresso manufacturing of their model has helped them to considerably enhance their incomes.
“I’ve been in a position to give my youngsters all the things due to espresso. We’re not wealthy, however we at all times have meals. And I can help different relations after they have a necessity,” says Ms. Montero, who’s completely satisfied to be of the 50 Amigas.
‘We’re fighters. We don’t surrender’
“We deal with the planet and our personal farm. That makes me really feel so proud”, says Argenis Rosas, one other member of the collective. “I’m educating my youngsters to deal with the setting, too. I like what I do. We’re engaged on utilizing photo voltaic power on the farm, and we compost”.
With using a web based digital platform, the whole espresso manufacturing course of is one hundred pc traceable and clear. The platform additionally helps hyperlink the ladies producers to the U.S. market, and, finally, different markets all through the world.
“These 50 Amigas, we’re fighters. We don’t surrender. The UN helps me to fulfil my goals. Thanks for believing in us”, says Ms. Rosas.