Global Connections, Local Projects

As the IWCA Case Studies demonstrate, IWCA Chapters work independently to address local needs. Some IWCA Chapters work through the IWCA Global Network to develop and implement projects that are supported by external partners. A few examples:

IWCA El Salvador & International Partner Tackle KEY Environmental Challenges


In August 2019, the IWCA El Salvador Chapter, also known as the Alianza de Mujeres en Café de El Salvador (AMCES), signed an agreement of collaboration with the Holland-Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce to work together to support two AMCES projects focused on environmental issues. Project 1 focuses on plastics recycling, reuse, and reduction. Project 2 focuses on soil-related climate change mitigation techniques. Both projects seek to build community engagement and knowledge transfer. For more information, or to join this effort, review the summary (link here) or contact Maria Botto, IWCA El Salvador Chapter President.

IWCA Dominican Republic & Caffe Vergnano seek to develop Local Roasting Capacity

Through the 2017 IWCA Global Leadership Summit process, the IWCA Dominican Republic Chapter developed a project proposal to create a roasting facility that would build local roasting capacity, as well as support local consumption of high quality coffee. The project requires securing the appropriate facilities and equipment, as well as technical training in coffee, business, and other skills.

Inspired by the 2018 International Coffee Day theme, “Women in Coffee”, Caffe Vergnano in Turino, Italy, reached out to the IWCA. On October 1, Caffe Vergnano hosted representatives from IWCA Ethiopia Chapter (EWiC) for the opening of their Caffe Academia. Building on this success, Caffe Vergnano sought a project to support an IWCA Chapter. They selected IWCA Dominican Republic’s local roasting project. In January 2019, Caffe Vergnano launched the Women in Coffee Pink Capsule Collection campaign to raise the estimated US$10,000 needed to launch the first phase in the Dominican Republic in early 2020.

IWCA Brasil Brings Visibility to Women in Coffee across brasil

Launch of English version hosted by NCA at ICO September 2018 Meeting

Launch of English version hosted by NCA at ICO September 2018 Meeting

In partnership with Embrapa, support provided by Solidaridad, IWCA Global, and UN Women, IWCA Brasil published their much-anticipated and innovative compilation of perspectives of women in coffee communities across all of Brazil’s coffee regions.

The 17 chapter book is written by 40 Brazilian research working from 11 different organizations, including several leading universities. The result is an unprecedented and in-depth effort to bring visibility to and understanding of Brazil’s diverse peoples and cultures within coffee. Each chapter includes unique approaches, ranging from intimate interviews focused on family life to data-driven analysis of cooperatives.

These publications are published as ePub files. To read them, use or download one of the following free software options to your computer or mobile device. Android: Google Play Books; IOS: iBooks; Windows and Linux: Calibre.

IWCA RwanDA Chapter launches new Women’s Cooperative


Through a partnership with the IWCA, the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) provided seed funding to the IWCA Rwanda Chapter to develop a new women’s cooperative approach in the Rulindo area of Rwanda. The multi-year project includes the purchase of land, and partnerships with a local washing station. Other key partners include the International Trade Centre (ITC), World Coffee Research, and Sustainable Harvest.

In April 2018, IWCA Rwanda Chapter President, Angelique Karkezi shared a project overview at the IWCA Breakfast at the SCA Expo in Portland, available here.