Cauca 140 Women Producers
AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is a group of women producers located in Tambo, Cauca, Colombia who derive their livelihood from the cultivation and production of coffee. Formed in 1999, AMACA was started by 80 women members and its membership has since grown to 140.
AMACA’s mantra is “to improve the quality of life for their members and their members’ families.”
In terms of harvesting and process, most all members harvest only fully ripe cherries, depulping on the same day as harvest, processing on their own farms, and drying on raised beds inside parabolic dryers.
Kayon Mountain Farm
Established in 2012 by Ismel Hassen and his family, the Kayon Mountain farm is 500 hectares with 300 of it planted in coffee. They have a permanent staff of 25 and offer seasonal work for 200-300 seasonal employees that they offer higher wages to give them incentive to come back each year. The farm management also supports their community by offering free transportation services and financial support for building schools and administration buildings.
Kayon Mountain farm has a coffee tree nursery on-site. It uses shade from gravilla, accacia, and other indigenous trees to protect the coffee as well as for creating compost to fertilize naturally.