Deyanira Córdoba, 23, belongs to a family of coffee farmers in Tablón de Gómez, Nariño. As part of the Empowerment of Women Coffee Growers Project of Tablon de Gómez, under the economic empowerment program of UN Women Colombia,
implemented by CORPDESARROLLO and financed by the Government of Sweden, she has learned about her economic rights and corporal autonomy.
“I started picking coffee when I was a six-year-old girl. I helped my mom pick the ripe, red coffee beans and put them in a bucket. My mom grew coffee on the land that surrounded our house. I still help her and my brother. He has a land too. My father is sick so he can not work as before.
I love working with coffee. Tomorrow I will go to the field early and put some fertilizers. As it has rained so much today, the soil will be ready for nutrients. The harvest season is in June or July. When the coffee begins to ripe, the earth fills with colors, with green, yellow and red tones.
Most young people help their families grow and harvest coffee. They say it’s a way to forget all our problems. When I drink coffee, I do not feel any stress. I joined the project last year and since then I have learned many things. The most important thing has been the value of women.
I used to have low self-esteem, but not anymore. I have learned to feel comfortable
in my own body. My dream is to start a coffee business and help my parents and community. Not only men can do business Women can achieve our own goals.”
The population of Tablón de Gómez has grown coffee for generations. In Easter 2003 there was a wave of violence when the army and the guerrillas clasheyears to return to their lands. However, in this municipality the Victims and Land Restitution Law has been successfully applied, benefiting 562 families.
The history of Deyanira is related to the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN that seek to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, decent and productive employment for all, achieve sustainable peace, and gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.