In 2003, women from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the US came together to focus on their shared interest: improve all aspects of the coffee industry by empowering and connecting women. With their vision, and the support of our founding partners, the idea for IWCA was born.
Over time and with important partnerships within and across the industry, this idea grew to be an established organization that connects individuals, communities, and organizations; and in so doing empowers women to lead the way to sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families; and through this empowerment, ultimately advance the global coffee industry.
The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) leads women's empowerment in the international coffee industry by supporting a global network of self-organized, self-governing, organizations, called "IWCA Chapters". Each IWCA Chapter develops and implements their own goals and objectives to advance their communities. As a global organization, IWCA provides:
- a protocol to leverage the drive of individuals to accomplish greater impact through collective action ("IWCA Chapter Formation Protocol")
- a global network connecting women in coffee to share, support, and learn from one another
- a shared organization to facilitate global and local industry and organizational partnerships
- a common brand identity representing support for the IWCA mission.
The mission of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is 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.