We were initially introduced to the Las Rosas women's group through our friends at Balzac's Coffee, who carry the Las Rosas blend in their shops and online, and who provided us with the samples featured in our Welcome Boxes.
From there, we did our own research to learn more about this fabulous group, and we are thrilled to share some of what we learned with you here. If you'd like to read more about the project, please go to rgccoffee.com/las-rosas
Las Rosas is a group from La Plata, Huila, Colombia. It was formed in 2010 in response to an overwhelming lack of available credit. The initial group of 50 women came together in an effort to change the way they were being treated and to work towards a better and more productive life for themselves, their families, and their community.
The project focuses on coffee production improvement projects. Initially, the group started by planting 2,500 coffee trees and installing parabolic drying tables.
The mission of the project is centred on family prosperity and generational renewal. The project focuses on food security, economic stability, entrepreneurship and passing on coffee traditions to younger generations.
Coffee production is used as the vehicle to drive important change and development. By prioritizing gender equality and inclusive decision-making in households and on farms, the group is able to receive credit and ownership. This empowers other women to join to the group and allows for many of the existing women in the group to take on leadership positions as cooperative members regardless of their status on the farm.
Some of the project's efforts included bringing in psychologists to work with husbands and educate them about the importance of equal rights to land ownership and capital, teaching producers about best practices for a high quality end product, and giving producers small discretionary funds to use as they saw fit.
Today, Las Rosas is a group of 350 strong women with 50 women in leadership positions, all working as a team on coffee production improvement projects.
The program's impact on its members is undeniable. The quotes below come directly from some members.
- "I think that when we started with those 50 women, our dream was exportation. To accomplish that, we obviously had to be sustainable with an excellent product."
- "My dream is to finish my house and have a coffee dryer in it to produce the highest quality of coffee."
- "My dream is to have my daughters work with me on my farm as professionals who are educated."
Good Stuff is so proud to work with Balzac's to support and spread the word about this amazing group of women. If you haven't tried the Las Rosas blend yet, it's not too late. Grab your Welcome Box here.