The Café Femenino Foundation was founded in 2004 by Garth and Gay Smith. At the time, the Smiths were importing and selling organic and fair trade coffee from around the world. What they found in traveling to these remote coffee communities was that women had no voice or say in any family decisions, had no control of the family resources; essentially had no rights, socially, politically, or economically. They were poor, uneducated, and lived in isolation, all of which contributed to exceptional rates of abuse.
This led to the creation of a foundation that was focused on helping women and their families in coffee communities.
Volunteers are at the core of the Café Femenino Foundation, as they open their ears and their hearts to listen to the needs of these poor families. Working directly with producers and supporting organizations to oversee projects allows for the continued opportunity to provide support in many ways and in numerous countries.
Though the Smiths no longer import coffee, they are still committed to the mission of helping coffee families around the world through the Café Femenino Foundation.