WE BELONG

Hello Coffee friends, here are a few updates of the last weeks of the travels for We Belong 

Oct 11 --  Last week, I spent 5 days in the South of Tolima between Planadas and Gaitania. It has been the toughest trip by far. Pretty challenging in terms of weather conditions, but also for whatever reason, self-doubts and fears arise. But I pushed through and I'm pretty happy with the results. I've captured and document 24 stories already! :) 

Sep 22 -- I've arrived in Colombia on August 5th, and today September 22nd I'm happy to share with you guys, I've documented 12 stories from different female coffee producers. Also, I'm done with my work in the Huila region, and in the upcoming weeks I'd be starting my adventure in the Tolima region for October, then It seems, I'd be spending November between Cauca, Magdalena, and Antioquia. 

To end this little note, I also wanna share with you guys, I've been putting together my first "field guide", which is a small magazine-style publication from these first 12 producers-- This publication will only be shared with producers I'll be visiting in the next months, to give them a little bit of perspective of the project. It helps me to start narrowing down photography content as well for the final publication: The official "We belong." 

July 20 -- I have some exciting news to share with you. In the upcoming weeks, I’m going to be spending a year in Colombia during which I'll be focused on this personal photography project on women in coffee named “We Belong.” Throughout my 8+ years working in the coffee industry, I’ve seen with my own eyes that women coffee producers—and their stories—do not get the exposure they deserve. It’s a dream of mine, as a female coffee photographer, to give back to these women a what better way than to unveil these stories through my art and my language: photography.  

During my time in Colombia, I'll work on capturing as many stories as I can. And once I’m back in the United States, I’ll put all my efforts into creating a book. This project will start with Colombia and, if well received, the long-term plan would be to replicate in other coffee origins throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS PROJECT

1) First, I’m looking for any companies or organizations that have current projects with woman farmer groups in Colombia, that could help me create a direct channel of communication, as well as facilitate farm visits, and potentially support financially these visits and in exchange, I'd provide high-quality content for their  marketing materials. Click here to read the proposal. 

2) Second, if you can’t help with #1, but you still want to support this project, I am looking for financial support. This is a personal project and, as I hope to be able to reach women in even the most rural communities, I will need support to cover the project’s expenses. Donations can be sent through my Buy me a coffee profilehttps://lnkd.in/e4F7_YF. Additionally, it is here that I’ll regularly post updates on the project. 

If you have further questions or ideas, please reach out to me: info@luciaph.com.

GOALS FOR 2021

Get sponsorship and financial support to cover all my travel expenses to visit 6 to 8 regions of Colombia and more than 50 women & their farms.

Connect and gather stories from at least  50 women coffee producers in Colombia. 

Spread the word and connect with more organizations, individuals and really any coffee lover to make this a collaborative project. 

UPDATES - Up to Oct 11

I've already visited 24 coffee producers in the Huila department in the regions of La Plata, Pitalito, Salado Blanco, Bruselas and La Argentina. Also, I've visited producers in the South of Tolima in Aipe, Planadas and Gaitania.

I've gotten sponsorship from 4 companies already.

I'll be traveling in the upcoming months  Cauca and Magdalena to document 12 stories per region sponsored by 4 companies. 




When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately: families are healthier; they are better fed; their income, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole countries.”

- Kofi Annan (1938-2018)



"The statistics confirm female coffee farmers are becoming increasingly involved in cash crop productions as a result of male out-migration, or what's more commonly known as the "feminization of agriculture. Also, this research ensures women in coffee are re-investing more than male coffee producers in education for their children, farm training for them, as well as, putting more back into the farms." - Deere (2005, FAO, 2006)


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