What was a need to increase family incomes has grown to become a thriving, woman-owned business that has made new opportunities for others in the community.

Ercilia Lopez Martinez proudly hands a steaming cup of cappuccino to a customer. Recently trained as a barista, she’s also skilled at making mochas, caramel coffee, and milkshakes. Ercilia is one of the 25 women partners of the Cafetería Monte Grande, a collectively-run women’s business that grew out of the need to increase and diversify family incomes, in San Ramon, Matagalpa.

Recently the collective of women entrepreneurs from the Danilo Gonzales Cooperative—a first-level farmer cooperative from the UCA San Ramon and producers of AgroEco® Coffee—added paninis, crepes, and salads to the café’s menu. This has created new opportunities for others in the community to profit from the café.

They source all the ingredients locally from the Denis Gutierrez Cooperative—also a first-level farmer cooperative from the UCA San Ramon and producers of AgroEco® Coffee.  The coffee they serve is also local-it comes from El Privilegio, a women’s cooperative also affiliated with the UCA San Ramon. As an added benefit, all the food they grow and use is organic!

CAN supports women’s rural
enterprises such as Cafetería Monte Grande to enhance the earning power and organizational power of women. 

YOU have an opportunity to join a community of people working together to enhance the earning power of rural women in Mexico and Latin America—donate today and make a difference.