IWCA is a global peer network that advocates to empower women in coffee to achieve gender equity and sustainable lives. Through donations we are able to establish scholarship programs that provide women the opportunity to attend industry events and educational trainings. While these experiences have a powerful impact for the women who are selected, it also has a lasting impact for the communities where they live and work. In our Scholarship Stories posts you will hear women explain how these scholarships have been valuable to their professional growth in their own words. If you would like to contribute to future scholarships click here.
ANDREA SANCHEZ, COSTA RICA
I was awarded my scholarship in 2015 for the IV Colombia Convention. Thanks to the scholarship, and first Female Barista All Stars event at the convention, I learned new techniques and different ways to approach customers from other female baristas
This knowledge has empowered me as a woman and motivated me to share my newly acquired techniques with other baristas in my country and coffee lovers. It was also enhanced by curricula and I had a promotion and additional recognition in my job. This action motivated me to start introducing my daughter to the barista profession.
CAMILA TOPKE, GUATEMALA
I learned sustainability is of great relevance in coffee. Back at home in Guatemala I shared these concepts with my father, with whom I work. We include sustainability in our goals to preserve our legacy in the coffee farm. Thank you for investing in empowering women, soon we will exponentially flourish.