Cafe Feminino

We’re delighted to offer Peruvian as the first Coffee of the Month on the new Reads Website. Not only is it a fantastic coffee in it’s own right and one of those rare beans that seems to work well, no matter how you brew it. But, the Cafe Feminino Foundation has to be one of the most worthwhile causes to support in the current climate. Here’s more…

Gender inequity is a major concern in Peru. Women are often viewed as less valuable than men in their culture and the domestic abuse rate is very high in rural areas. In 2005, the World Health Organization conducted a multi-country study on domestic violence that included Peru. The findings indicate that 69% of the women located in rural areas near Cusco had experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner. Additionally, only 44% of women in the department of Cusco had at least one year of secondary education.


Peru’s Cafe Femenino women’s groups meet once a year to create a work plan that addresses their needs and objectives. From that annual meeting, the following initiatives became the focus of the projects that were requested by the women:

1) Food Security – Food storage, quinoa, and school community gardens
2) Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment – Safe spaces and leadership workshops
3) Respiratory Health – Improved stoves
4) Income Diversification – Second Income projects
5) Early Education Centers – Nutritional & Hygiene education

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