Maria Cera, APROCASSI (coffee), Peru
Maria Cera, 42, relies on her coffee sales to send her two boys to high school.
She harvests coffee cherries from her plot, which her community sells as women’s coffee. She is currently passing her coffee knowledge down to her 13-year-old niece, Maria Edith, who enjoys helping her aunt plant seedlings on the farm. The Aprocassi Coffee Cooperative in Northern Peru, where Maria has been a member since 2009, has put a large emphasis on education, gender equality and economic stability, encouraging its members to diversify their income through microloans and training.