The Margure project aims at improving coffee processing infrastructure and quality for 40 women coffee growers in Chaparral, Tolima, Colombia. The South Tolima Coffee Growers Cooperative (CafiSur), the government of Canada, the coffee exporter Expocafe® and other stakeholders are working together with this community.
This initiative is a clear example of the positive impact that colaboration can bring to the coffee grower communities everywhere.
The Margure project is part of Expocafé's WRM (Water Resource Management - "The Blue Coffee Bean") initiative.
Water Resource Management (WRM) is Expocafé's sustainability initiative, which targets three key sustainability goals: economic, environmental and social, through projects that include working with coffee grower communities on adoption of approaches and habits that lead to reduced and adequate use of water in coffee production and daily activities. Coffees labeled with the WRM's blue coffee bean logo are guaranteed to be produced following responsible water management methods.
At the same time, WRM works on supporting and strengthening those coffee production aspects that impact crop productivity (soil analysis, plant density, age and fertilization), which are directly related with the coffee grower's income. In parallel, the initiative brings training aimed at social improvement, through training on key community, business and coffee topics.