La red de Mujeres Caficultoras del Norte de Nariño está conformada por aproximadamente 150 mujeres. / The Network of Women Coffe Growers of the North of Nariño is made up of approximately 150 women. 

En los meses de junio y julio se recogen los frutos del árbol de café.Los campesinos recorren los cafetales con la esperanza de que su trabajo sea bien remunerado.Entre ellos, las mujeres sobresalen por ser excelentes cosechadoras; son rápidas, lo que quiere decir que recogen mucho más, y también más cuidadosas: seleccionan mejor el fruto del café y no estropean los árboles.

Al mismo tiempo, muchas de ellas se encargan de cuidar el hogar y de la parte comercial - administran el dinero recibido - . Se trata de mujeres trabajadoras, madres cabeza de hogar, que dedican todo su esfuerzo a la producción de café especial para que sus familias salgan adelante.

Con el objetivo de mejorar su ingreso en un medio tan competitivo, se conformó la Red de Mujeres Caficultoras del Norte de Nariño, que lanzó la marca especial tostado llamado ' Dulce Milagros'. ""Dulce' hace referencia a una de las principales características del café de Nariño y "Milagros"  se debe a que muchas caficultoras se llama así y también porque consideramos que el café en todo su ciclo, desde que es una semilla que se cuida, hasta que se sirve como taza de café, es eso, no hay otra palabra para describir la belleza de la naturaleza ", explica Guillermo Torres Daza, quien se encarga de manera voluntaria de toda la parte organizacional del proyecto.

La Red de Mujeres Caficultoras ha recibido el apoyo de diferentes grupos. Profesores y alumnos de la Universidad de San Buenaventura, de Bogotá, están promoviendo el café en la ciudad y también colaboran para armar un plan de negocios. una agencia de publicidad ofreció su ayuda para el posicionamiento de la marca.

Un grupo de ingenieros de sistemas va a elaborar la página web. La facultad de Ingeniería Electrónica de la Universidad de Nariño, que tiene un proyecto de desarrollo tecnológico relacionado con café, ha mostrado interés en apoyar este grupo de caficultoras nariñenses, al igual que la empresa Empopasto. Todo esto ha fortalecido el ánimo de las caficultoras, quienes también tienen la intención de crear estaciones de café donde lo puedan vender directamente como bebida.

El impacto social de la Red de Mujeres Caficultoras es una inspiración para otras mujeres, un paso adelante para alcanzar la equidad de género y para mejorar la calidad de vida de muchas familias encabezadas por mujeres.  


During the months of June and July, the fruits of the coffee tree are collected. The peasants travel through the coffee plantations with the hope that their work will be well paid. Among them, women stand out as excellent harvesters; They are fast, which means that they collect much more, and also more careful: they select the coffee fruit better and do not spoil the trees.

At the same time, many of them take care of the home and the commercial part - they administer the money received -. These are working women, mothers head of household, who devote all their efforts to the production of special coffee so that their families can move forward.

Photo : Catholic Relief Services CRS

During the months of June and July, people reap the harvest of coffee trees. Farmers quarter their coffee farms with the hope that their work will be well compensated. Among them, women stand out as harvesters; they’re quicker, which means they will harvest more, and they’re more careful: they select the best coffee without damaging the trees. Likewise, many of them are also in charge of their everyday housewife duties and of the commercial area —they handle the money raised—. These are working women, heads of their family, who dedicate all their effort to produce special coffee, in order to raise and sustain their families.

With the purpose of improving their income in such a competitive area, the Coffee Farming Women Network of North Nariño was formed, aiming to promote their own special toasted coffee brand called “Dulce Milagros” (sweet miracles). “‘Dulce” (sweet) refers to one of Nariño’s coffee’s most prominent features, while “Milagros” (miracles) refers to the name of many of these farmers and because of our special connection to the whole process of coffee making, since it’s a seed to when it’s served as a cup of coffee. That’s it, there’s no better way to portray nature’s beauty”, explained Guillermo Torres Daza, who is in charge of voluntarily organizing the project.

The Women Farmer Network has been supported by various groups. Teachers and students from the Universidad San Buenaventura, of Bogotá, are promoting this coffee in the city and contributing to forming a proper business plan. A publicity agency offered help for the brand’s positioning. A group of system engineers is currently developing their webpage. The Faculty of Electronic Engineering of the Universidad de Nariño, which currently has a coffee related technological development project, has shown its interest to support this group of women coffee growers, as well as the company Empopasto. All of this support has strengthened the farmer’s spirits, who also have the intention of creating coffee stations to directly sell the beverage.

The social impact of the Women Farmer Network is an inspiration to other women, a step forward towards reaching gender equality and towards improving the living conditions of several families headed by women.