The Grounds for Empowerment inaugural cohort of growers is amazing. It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Ivania and Ramona.
Ivania Calderon is part of the co-op La Providencia. Her farm is located in Wiwili de Jinotega. This beautiful and remote farm, named El Alboroto, covers approximately 30 manzanas (51 acres) and is located on Kilambé Mountain, which provides the perfect weather to grow high-quality coffee. El Alboroto means “the fuss.” The specific origin of the name is unknown, but as the story goes, it was given to the farm because of all of the commotion created by a variety of farm animals and at various family gatherings. When locals are asked of the whereabouts of her farm, people respond, “Just follow the noise, ‘the fuss’ is that way!”
Ramona del Socorro is both an excellent coffee farmer and the gender representative at her co-op, which is part of PRODECOOP, a large coffee cooperative located in Esteli, Nicaragua. She has a 2.5 manzana (4.25 acre) coffee farm, Finca El Oasis, that she runs with her husband and four children. Ramona comes from a family who has worked in the coffee industry for generations, and she is passing that love and experience to her husband (who had never worked in coffee before they met).
Ramona’s pride and joy is found in the hard work that she invests into her farm, and the quality of her coffee absolutely reflects that hard work. A significant portion of Ramona’s motivation comes from her family. As a third generation coffee farmer, she obviously sees coffee in her family’s future, and she also believes that the farm is key to her children’s education.
Last week, Ivania and Ramona were here in Atlanta for a week-long community forum. Thanks to support from donors like you, this visit was made possible. We can’t say thank you enough!
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