School Project - Colombia
Violence and a lack of employment opportunities in their home forced Melisa’s family to search for alternatives in different parts of Colombia.
Melisa now attends Anatoli School with several other members of her family, where they study not only traditional subjects but also gain vital knowledge about coffee growing. Going to the school has helped Melisa and her family to feel at home in the community, after experiencing several years of violence and conflict.
Melisa said, “I have known about coffee since I was born and just like all my family, have lived amongst coffee plants. Thanks to the school, I have learned about business and especially about coffee, and one day my family decided to become coffee growers. We were able to rent a 5-hectare lot, and we called it Finca La Maria”.
In 2017, Melisa’s family farm produced its first coffee harvest. Their hard work to prepare the land, plant seeds, care for the coffee plants and then harvest the beans has at last paid off. Their coffee was even selected to participate in Colombia’s prestigious Cup of Excellence competition, finishing in 2nd place overall!
Melisa said, “Today I believe that as women, we can achieve great things. Being able to sell our coffee for a very good price not only helps our family to reach our goals, but above all shows how education, effort, and persistence are always rewarded, and that we can be examples for other women”.