International Women's Coffee Alliance
We've pledged 6% of our sales to The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Uganda Chapter. As an African-American, woman-owned brand, we feel it is absolutely imperative to assist in any way we can to the very countries who are hard at work, making it possible for us to have coffee. Although we would love to expand our reach by giving to more non-profit organizations, we can only choose one at this time since we are still a fairly small and brand new company. In the future, we plan to give to more organizations that offer help to women of color in the coffee industry as our company grows. We believe that if we all work together, we can do so much more.
From Our Heart To Your's,
Founder, Aromatix Coffee.
The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Uganda Chapter is part of a global network of self-organized, self-governing women in coffee lobby and advocacy organizations.
At the global level, women from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the United States of America came together to focus on their shared interest: improve all aspects of the coffee industry by empowering and connecting women. With their vision, and the support of founding partners, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance was born.
Over time, and with important partnerships within and across the industry, the idea grew into an established organization that connects individuals, communities, and organizations, empowering women to lead the way to sustainable livelihoods, ultimately advancing the global coffee industry. [source: https://www.iwcauganda.org/]
For the IWCA Uganda Chapter to achieve its vision, mission, objectives and make an impact, we are focusing on improving the livelihoods and resilience of women in the coffee value chain for equitable and sustainable business and production environment as well as address women participation constraints. To reach this goal, several changes will be pursued to empower and re-tool women participate at the same level as men in the coffee value chain. To achieve this we seek to:
- Provide training and capacity building for women to confidently take up leadership roles along the coffee value chain
- Take full advantage of information technology and other cost-friendly approaches to pursue lobbying and advocacy strategies for women’s social and economic empowerment
- Conduct surveys, assessments and essential research to establish and address production impediments and constraints including equitable access to resources, effects of climate change
- Provide essential information to women on existing and prospective markets for coffee within the entire value chain, in and out of Uganda
- Profile existing and potential funding partners that provide the needed financial resources to support outreach, training, mentoring and skilling of women in the coffee sector, as well as sensitize women about their rights.
- Leverage modern information technology and new media to enhance visibility, publish newsletters on activities, reach out to key stakeholders and effectively lobby and advocate for women in coffee
- Commit resources and effort to monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of programs implemented towards addressing constraints associated with women in coffee in Uganda [source:https://www.iwcauganda.org/]