Manos de Mujeres is a group of women farm owners that are part of the Fundación Agraria y Ambiental Para el Desarrollo Sostentible (FUDAM), a Fairtrade, organic coffee cooperative in La Unión, Nariño, Colombia. Started in 2000 with only seven farmers, the group has since grown to include 300 small-scale coffee growers.
FUDAM’s culture of sustainability includes not only taking care of the land, but also its members. In an effort to support their women members, they created the Manos de Mujeres program. The program entitles female growers to a gender-equity premium for each pound of coffee sold. On a global scale, while women provide up to 70% of the labor in coffee production, only 20-30% of the farms are female-owned. By supporting women farm owners, FUDAM aims to close the gender gap and empower women financially and socially.