“Workers are the protagonist of their story and have created solutions to solve their own problems. Project implementers are simply the facilitators, workers are the solution makers.”
- Angela Pelaez, Sustainability Manager, RGC Americas.
Considering the social nature of this project, we utilize a third-party research group (CRECE- GRUPO QUANTIQ*), to measure impact both quantitatively and qualitatively. Below is a list of some major milestones achieved by the project, Las Manos del Café:
Farmworkers have gained a newfound respect for their employment and acknowledge the importance of their work in the success of the entire value chain. This has led to quality of work improvements and therefore relationship dynamics improvements between worker and farmer have followed suit.
Farmworkers’ quality of life has improved having received access to medical, visual, and odontological services.
Farmworkers now prefer to stay and work within their local municipalities, rather than having to travel in search of work.
Some Farmworkers have begun participating in a coffee nurseries entrepreneurship program, which has provided them with additional incomes and beneficial skills.
The project has been able to engage the young and showcase the possibility of manual labor being a respectable and dignified career choice.
The project has contributed to the visibility of farm workers in the coffee value chain.
Lastly, each year the project steering committee releases a publicly available monitoring report, that details the insights gained and lessons learned.
*This group also conducted the characterization, base line survey, monitoring and manual guidelines of the project.
Aligning our Sustainability Efforts with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals:
Las Manos del Café supports the coffee industry's progress toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as project efforts directly address the following SDGs of: