In addition to our commitment to produce the best cup of coffee, Caffe Ibis® also hopes to make the world a better place. For Caffe Ibis® owner, Sally Sears, this has meant a dedication to a coffee project started by women in a remote and rural part of Peru.
The Café Femenino Story
Despite numerous advances in many parts of our world, the marginalization and oppression of women still occurs, especially in areas of extreme poverty. In urban areas of Peru, the abuse rate is estimated at forty-one percent. In rural communities, the isolation results in an even higher abuse rate. In coffee producing countries they are often mistreated physically and emotionally—and financially.
Insufficient funds and a full spectrum of social problems have hindered attempts to intervene. But with the organic and Fair Trade premiums paid by OPTCO and Caffe Ibis®, they are now able to promote the organization of the female coffee farmers and their integration into social, political, and occupational organizations.
Caffe Ibis® has a long history of supporting worthy causes, in addition to its work with the Café Femenino Project. Whether we are supporting local arts or women’s organizations or working to run our business with "green" principles to protect the environment and agricultural integrity, Caffe Ibis® is constantly endeavoring to pay attention to the "triple bottom line." It’s not just business—it’s our people and our planet.