SOURCE: Cafe Femenino Foundation

February 13, 2007 17:18 ET

Café Femenino® Foundation Launches 'Coffee Can' Fundraiser

Campaign Aims to Raise $100,000 to Promote Equality and Rights for Women Coffee Producers Worldwide

VANCOUVER, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2007 -- The Café Femenino Foundation today announced the launch of "Coffee Can," a national fundraising campaign starting March 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. Proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Foundation's grant-giving program to support projects that enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee producing communities around the world.

"Despite progress made with organic and fair trade premiums, the women coffee producers in many rural regions continue to be trapped in a cycle of abuse and poverty with no rights and very little options," said Julie Olson, executive director, The Café Femenino Foundation. "We believe 'coffee can' will foster change and bring hope and inspiration to these women. The fundraiser will enable the Foundation to provide grants to many worthy programs and projects in coffee growing communities throughout the world and help women and their families succeed."

Participating sponsors to date include:

--  Excelso Level: Coffee Talk and Organic Products Trading Company
--  Primero Level: Cuppers Coffee, Grounds For Change and Swiss Water
    Decaf
--  Especial Level: The Kobos Company, Roast Magazine
--  Amigo Level: Arbuckle Coffee Roasters, Marquez Project Management,
    Moka Joe, Inc. and Shuswap Coffee Company LTD
    
Formed in December 2004 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the Foundation helps promote the integration of women coffee farmers into social, political and occupational organizations through grants that support the women's efforts and enhance their status within the community. The organization was named after the Café Femenino Project, a social program for women coffee producers that produce the Café Femenino Coffee, which is distributed by more than 80 roasters in U.S., Canada and Australia.

To participate in the 'Coffee Can' campaign, please contact 360-666-8725 or visit www.coffeecan.org. Donations can also be made to The Café Femenino Foundation, P.O Box 2187, Vancouver, WA 98668. Donations are tax deductible.

About The Café Femenino Foundation

The Café Femenino Foundation was formed in December 2004 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to provide grants to select programs and projects that enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee producing communities around the world. The Foundation helps promote the integration of women coffee farmers into social, political and occupational organizations. For further information on The Café Femenino Foundation, visit www.cafefemeninofoundation.org.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Julie Olson
    360-666-8725
    Email Contact