Swahili for "Love," the Mapendo lot is grown largely by women widowed as a result of the conflicts that have plagued regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gender justice is one of their key pillars and they’ve worked with organizations such as OXFAM to implement Gender Action Learning Systems.
Coffees in Sidamo are grown mainly in small villages, kebeles. Considered “garden coffee," it is grown at low density, only around 1000 to 1800 trees per hectare and is fertilized with locally produced organic matter. This natural process lot from Shefina washing station is Rainforest Alliance, Organic and UTZ certified.
In addition to coffee, Mario and Angelica's Los Milagros farm is home to a variety of crops including cabbage, carrots, lettuce and potatoes. Recently the couple shifted their focus from growing vegetables to coffee because they say it is ultimately better for their land. The farm name 'Los Milagros' translates to 'The Miracles'.