From Sumatra, Indonesia to Your Cup
KOKOWAGAYO (KOPERASI KOPI WANITA GAYO)
Gayo Women’s Coffee Cooperative
Country: Indonesia, Sumatra
Region/area: Northeast corner of Aceh
Number of Producers: 476 women coffee farmers
Average Farm Size: 1 hectare
Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic
Exporter: Sumatera Permata Gayo
KOKOWAGAYO is the first all-women’s cooperative in Sumatra. While women carry key roles in coffee production, they are traditionally excluded from economic decisionmaking. A group of bold women formed this all-women’s cooperative to give economic power to female coffee growers. KOKOWAGAYO strives to increase the role and capacity of women in coffee farm and financial management. This group of business-oriented women are paving the way for redefinding gender norms in Sumatra.
Permata Gayo supports its sister cooperative with training and export services, guaranteeing consistent and exceptional quality. While the concept of an all-women’s cooperative in the region is innovative in the primarily Muslim Ache region, it is a natural progression as girls receive equal education and women business leaders become increasingly prevalent.