Empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.
The Challenge of Women in Coffee
Of the world's estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women. Women own less than 1% of the world’s titled land. The World Bank estimates that more than 500 MILLION PEOPLE throughout the world are dependent on coffee FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers. Unfortunately, coffee farmers typically live and work in substandard conditions, which are compounded by the fact that they receive only a small percentage of the actual price that the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent a good majority of coffee farmers, face additional challenges. Aside from the day-to-day struggles women coffee farmers face in order to maintain a respectable standard of living, they must also struggle with THE GENDER INEQUALITY that is prevalent throughout the world’s coffee growing regions.
The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) strives to create a difference in the world of coffee. With a mission to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry,” the IWCA, from its inception, has remained focused on promoting possibilities for women in coffee communities throughout the world.
Help make a change in the lives of these women by joining together with countless women and men in the coffee industry. Join, donate or volunteer your time and expertise to the IWCA and help us in our plight to promote possibilities for women in coffee around the world.
Whether you can give a few hours each month or a few days each year- every little bit helps the IWCA fulfill its mission to help women in coffee.
Fill out the form below to share with us how you can help! As you can see, we offer a volunteer position for every time and talent. Please feel free to check all that apply.