Women Supporting Women
Empower Coffee Roasters is committed to supporting organizations that seek to empower women and girls achieve their dreams.
We have committed 5% of all sales to go toward organizations that empower the women in our community. In addition, we plan on hosting events for women and young girls to provide educational and professional opportunities.
We also support women-owned coffee farms across the globe in our purchases of sustainable coffee. The owners of the farms we support practice sustainable farming and supply fair wages to their workers, and they give back to their own communities.
Check out how we are supporting women below:
Our Community Partners
Founded in 1992, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education. Fresh Start is on a mission to help women become self-sufficient, and we know that in order to get there, a woman must become gainfully employed. Not only does employment require the requisite skills, education and training, it also requires the life skills that prepare her for education and employment opportunities.
Read more in our blog post here
Live & Learn is a non profit organization for women that was founded in 2012 to empower women in the Phoenix-metro area. Live & Learn continues to grow every year to meet the financial education needs and career training for women in our community.
Participants who are ready to take the next step towards women's education empowerment, financial independence and career guidance are referred to our program by our community partners. They interview and select the best training program for women who show a determination to improve their lives. Together, they develop an education and career plan in an area with high employment demand.
Live & Learn staff provides ongoing career guidance and support for each client along their journey. At the same time, they work with community partners to offer the best training program for women and a range of life-skill classes and workshops that will help in this process.
Read more in our blog post here.
Eve's Place Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in the West Valley of Maricopa County. Since 2004, Eve's Place has provided innovative and empowerment-based programs to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse.
Eve's Place introduced the concept of the Mobile Advocacy Program for victims in the West Valley in October 2013. In February 2015, Eve’s Place expanded the Mobile Advocacy Program to a rural area, with an office in Quartzsite and a tribal area, with an office in Kayenta, AZ on the Navajo Nation. This program brings services to victims in their own communities regardless of their place in the healing process. It is their goal to reach the 75% of domestic abuse victims who historically did not reach out for services due to the lack of options. The Mobile Advocacy Program can provide all the services regularly available in a shelter without the bed for any victim of domestic abuse. Eve’s Place also offers a vast set of services to victims of sexual and teen dating abuse. They partner with community resources to provide local locations convenient and safe for the client and their needs and to increase the area of access for services.
Read more in our blog post here.
Go With The Flow is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides free menstrual hygiene products to students, educates the public about menstrual health issues, and advocates for education and resources that challenges the social stigma surrounding menstruation and promotes menstrual equity.
Go With The Flow has provided over 20,000 period packs to schools across the state of Arizona. When students in these schools are in need, they are able to approach various school staff to discreetly obtain a supply of hygiene products. Schools as needed, are able to contact Go With The Flow to replenish their period packs, helping to ensure a continuous supply of menstrual hygiene products for their students at no cost to the school. We believe making a resource like period packs available is important because no student should have their education disrupted by the anxiety or discomfort that can arise from not having access to necessary menstrual items. We also believe that for lower income or homeless students especially, menstrual hygiene products can be an extra financial burden if they or their families are not able to afford their costs; this can result in lower productivity in the classroom or worse, missing school altogether. It is Go With The Flow’s mission that no student should have to miss school or compromise their dignity because their bodies are engaging in a normal, healthy function such as menstruation!
Read more in our blog post here.
Our Coffee Partners
Empower Coffee Roasters is proud to source beans from AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca), a group of women producers located in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia. A premium is paid to AMACA above the value of the coffee to support their farm and improve the quality of life of its members.
CESMACH Co-Op (Mexico)
Empower Coffee Roasters has also partnered with the CESMACH co-op in Mexico. In 2005, a group of six women members of the CESMACH co-op, all of whom managed and worked their own farms, banded together in an effort to integrate more of the co-op’s women members into educational workshops about coffee cultivation, and to highlight the contributions these women were making to the management and labor on their family farms while their husbands, many of which had emigrated to the U.S.A., held the title of CESMACH “member” on paper. They realized that in order to create more equity among the group and to empower these women in farm-leadership roles, this practice had to change.
Patricia Perez (Guatemala)
Empower Coffee Roasters is beyond thrilled to work with Patricia Perez, one of the best farmers in the world. Patricia has been producing her own coffee at Finca El Diamante for just over thirteen years now. Having come from a family with over eighty years cultivating coffee, she mines generations of wisdom in her processes.
Our Vendor Partners
Julia the Potter
Julia R. Lipe is an amazing local ceramicist who makes incredible art. She discovered her passion for ceramics while living in Asheville, North Carolina. According to Julia, "Creating art from only the earth's raw materials and a simple idea is unlike any other experience. I love how ceramics allows me to have complete creative freedom. With the combination of hand-building, wheel throwing, and endless glaze experimentation I aim to develop diverse bodies of work. These techniques help me create pieces from functional to decorative and everything in-between. My hope is that each unique piece finds its perfect home." Visit her site at juliathepotter.com or on social media at @juliathepotter
LL Creative Services is a fantastic graphic design company founded by Lindsay LaMonica. She is responsible for our amazing logo and labels, and we are so happy to work with her. Check her out at llcreativeservices.com.
Simplified Accounting is an excellent accounting firm owned by Crystal Smith. She has a wealth of experience, and we feel secure knowing Crystal has our backs. Check her out at simplifiedaccountingllc.com.