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Colombia Maria Elsy Chavez

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Colombia Maria Elsy Chavez

Colombia Maria Elsy Chavez

$15.00
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Maria Elsy Chavez is by far one of the youngest female coffee growers we have encountered in the department of Nariño. Although the nine-hectare finca she works on belongs to her father in law, Maria Elsy is dedicated to the one hectare she cultivates where she can demonstrate her great passion for coffee and working the land. Six coffee producers work on the adjoining fincas of El Placer and El Arrayán, however she is the only woman, an unassuming and always smiling, not-quite thirty-year-old. As she showed us around her crops, her knowledge and pride in her work was obvious.

For the last five years, she has carried out all of the arduous tasks that go into coffee production. She prepares her own seedbeds, starting the plants from seed when necessary, she also digs the holes that the immature trees will eventually be placed in and finally she transplants every single tree of the Caturra variety at 2,133 m.a.s.l. into the rich soil found in the vereda of Altamira. It is hard work and considered  ̈very masculine ̈. When it is not the harvest season, Maria Elsy works as a seamstress in the municipality of Buesaco.