SPRINGFIELD, IL, USA – The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) announces that Venezuela is the newest chapter to join the global network, united by the vision of being the leader of empowerment and equity for all women in coffee. In Venezuela there is an average of 50,128 coffee producers and a key objective of the chapter will be determining how many of these producers are women, what roles they play in the coffee value chain, and how many own land.
Additional strategic goals from IWCA include:
- Promoting equality among women with respect to working conditions, opportunities, and capacities, which leads to stronger families and communities
- Establish partnerships to provide support for technical training and access to financing
- Diversify income sources for women producers
“We are a community of women, men, and young people working together for a common goal: developing professional skills, recognizing the value and strengths of each gender, and achieving greater equality in local communities and the Venezuelan coffee value chain,” said IWCA Venezuela President, Jannina Poján Ruiz. The chapter is committed to establishing and maintaining critical dialogues with government entities to help develop a thriving coffee sector in the country.
Dr. Sarada Krishnan, IWCA Executive Director, is excited to welcome Venezuela and support the chapter’s
About International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA)
Founded in 2003, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a US-based 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to unite a global network of chapters and support the work and growth of women in the international coffee community. IWCA achieves empowerment through leadership development, strategic partnerships, and amplified market visibility. For more info click here.