The International Women’s Coffee Alliance is a non-profit organization working to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives. It also works to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. More than 500 MILLION PEOPLE are dependent on coffee FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers who typically live and work in substandard conditions and receive only a small percentage of the actual price that the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent a good majority of coffee farmers, face additional challenges.
Traveling to origin multiple times a year, Temple has witnessed the challenges faced by women, but also the opportunity the coffee industry can bring in improving the lives of women worldwide. Our relationship with the mother-daughter farm El Diamante in Guatemala owned by Patricia “Patty” Diaz gives us first-hand experience on the impact coffee can have. Their cultivation of amazing coffee, which they tend to themselves daily, has made them well-regarded, confident figures in their community.
With our longtime relationships with coffee professionals Grace Mena (director of IWCA) and Mery Santos (VP of IWCA), it seemed a natural fit to somehow partner with the IWCA. The new Temple water bottles are made of 100% recycled PET plastic and all proceeds from sales will be donated to the IWCA. We’re happy to give back to an organization so dedicated to improving lives worldwide.