On March 8, we joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day and the bold and incredible women who surround us — women like Suyen José González Centeno. At only 23 years old, Suyen is one of the driving forces behind the Solidaridad cooperative in Nicaragua, which produces some of the best coffee in the world.
International Women’s Day may have come and gone, but we are committed to keeping the momentum of the day going — every day. Here are two quick and easy ways you can continue to support and celebrate women in agriculture today, tomorrow, and for as long as it takes for rural women around the world to have the same access to opportunities as men:
Make thoughtful purchases from companies that empower women farmers at the base of their supply chains. Below, we share examples of three companies that are providing sustainable livelihoods to women we work with — and whose products you can buy today.
Join us in increasing opportunities for women in agriculture. From the cooperative manager who creates jobs for hundreds of people in her community to the farmer who works hard every day to feed, clothe, and educate her family, we’re proud to support the millions of women who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods through our Women in Agriculture Initiative. But there’s still much more to do.
Whether it’s International Women’s Day or any other day of the year, we’re continually inspired by the strength, selflessness, and hard work of women in agriculture. We hope you’ll join us in supporting them.
— The Root Capital team
Allegro Coffee, found at Whole Foods across the United States, produces two lines of coffee grown by the women of APROCASSI, a cooperative financed by Root Capital in Peru. Look for Allegro’s Organic Café la Dueña and Organic Peru APROCASSI labels next time you’re shopping, and help women like Dora Lisa continue to succeed.
Equal Exchange’s Organic Congo Coffee Project coffee comes from our client SOPACDI, a cooperative that is rebuilding the local economy and empowering women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For every bag purchased, Equal Exchange donates $2 to the Panzi Hospital, a hospital in the DRC that has treated tens of thousands of women survivors of sexual violence and women in need of reproductive and maternal care.
In 2006, the personal care pioneer Dr. Bronner’s founded a cooperative in Ghana called Serendipalm to demonstrate that palm oil could come from sources that contribute to rural development in a just and sustainable way. With financing from Root Capital, today Serendipalm employs over 240 employees — 90 percent of whom are women. Check out Dr. Bronner’s soaps, lotions and shampoos and support the women of Serendipalm.