The mission of the Women in Coffee Guatemala or Mujeres en Café de Guatemala (MCG), is to empower women leaders in the Guatemalan coffee industry. Our mission is based in achieving women’s leadership and participation through voting in forums and groups of coffee producers as well as in other aspects of coffee production. Guatemalans should drink the same quality coffee that they produce and MCG wants to achieve this by elevating the production and internal consumption of quality coffee. MCG creates alliances that will increase sales and improve coffee prices, enriching women’s lives and providing them with more options. MCG aims to be internationally recognized as an association which generates opportunities and improves the lives of women and their families involved in every aspect of Guatemalan coffee.
- Well-established goals
- Well-defined stakeholders
- Board represents all the coffee value chain
- Alliance with Anacafé - National Coffee Association (administrative,
legal, logistics and office space)
- Established annual fees for members
- Defined partnership fees
- Strong, innovative Board of Directors
Monthly Activities and Ongoing Projects:
- Talks, workshops, and trainings about farm administration skills- Personal development programs
- Field trips, agronomical courses
- Participation of Anacafé´s full program of activities
- A 3 day medical journey to one of the co-ops of our members.
- Donation of water filters by Efico Foundation that were distributed to
members and female coffee growers.
- Ongoing work to produce a blend from the different coffees of our members. The coffee will be sold through Women's Harvest.
- Established literacy programs at four coffee farms.
- Participation in a congress of private reserves and in Anacafe´s Congress
Opportunities and Potential Projects:
- Achieve larger membership
- Establish strategic alliances in all coffee regions
- Establish international long-term partnerships
- Competitiveness - To promote knowledge sharing and personal development among its members as the way to improve product quality and commercial opportunities.
- Sustainability - To position and promote associate members’ coffee in the national and international market as a means to access improved business opportunities.
- Participation - To recognize, support and encourage women to participate in all aspects of the coffee industry.
- Tools - To give women the necessary tools to develop into models of competitiveness at the local and international level.
- Alliances - To empower women in coffee to forge alliances among the entire coffee chain (from seed to cup) as a means to improve their quality of life.
Created - August 2006
Legal Structure - October 2008
Signed IWCA MOU - 2008
Current Board Elected - March 2012
Board of Directors:
President - Karen Bonifasi, President (Producer)
Vice-President - Carroline Gody
Vice-President - Marjorie Bassila
Secretary - Camila Topke
Treasurer - Silvia Escobar
Deputy Director - Annette Gudenus
Deputy Director - Miguelina Villatoro