Five Pillars

IWCA focuses resources and programming on five interventions that are delivered at the chapter and global level. These five pillars form the foundation to support women’s empowerment.


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chapter operations and development

Includes projects and training that build organizational capacity, leadership, and business success.

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capital and construction development

Includes support for equipment, materials, and services to support chapter or coffee operations.


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community improvement

Includes projects to improve coffee communities where the women of the chapters have identified great need.



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Coffee training and education

Includes training and education focused on technical and business aspects specific to the coffee industry


advocacy and policy influence

Enables women to participate at key events to engage and network with industry stakeholders to advance women in coffee. This also includes efforts such as the IWCA Research Alliance to identify, collect, and analyze credible research to inform policy and program decision-making affecting women in coffee.