Meet the farmers

Who are the 50 Amigas?

For the women of 50 Amigas, coffee is a way of life. These middle-aged women from Cauca, Colombia, have been involved with coffee cultivation their whole lives, learning it from their parents and grandparents. Coffee is not just their business; it’s an identity that they pass on to their children and grandchildren.

These women are small business owners who work hard every day to create a better life for their families. They want to break free from the restraints they have felt their whole lives, both economic as well as social ones.

Throughout time, the 50 Amigas have created a sisterhood of coffee growers, helping each other to remain independent, stay on their land, and preserve their traditions. Each of these women has a particular story to tell, and we want to share it with you. 

50 Amigas | Pioneras

Argenis Rosas | Visionary.

Argenis inherited coffee from her parents. She worked on the family farm as a child, and she grew up learning how to take care of the coffee plants that sustained her family. Turning their conventional crops into 100% organic coffee was not an easy job at all. However, today they're proud they’re helping the environment by avoiding all those pollutants that damage the environment.

READ HER STORY HERE.

Maria Cristina Potosi | Effort.

Maria Cristina was just nine years old when she began to work with coffee on the family farm in Cauca, Colombia. She did the easy jobs, the fun ones for a child, like selecting healthy seedlings that would later be planted. Today, coffee is vital for María Cristina to support her family. But it’s more than just her family – they provide work for many single mothers and other people in the community.

READ HER STORY HERE.

Melida Montero | Connection.

Mélida has spent her whole life among coffee plantations, breathing in the perfume of the azahar, the coffee flowers. She belongs to the Chapa ethnic group, where she has grown up amid collectiveness, environmental awareness, and strong bonds with her family.

READ HER STORY HERE.

Rosa Mireya Rubio | Resilience.

Rosa Mireya was born and raised in the city. She moved to the rural area she now calls home, El Cairo, when she got married. Back then, she didn’t know about the business of growing coffee. But then her husband passed away. He died two years ago, and suddenly it was Rosa’s turn to run the business, and continue with her husband's legacy. Today, Rosa is looking forward to increasing her streams of income through 50 Amigas.

READ HER STORY HERE.

50 Amigas Location

El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia.