Discover how a new pension program changed the lives of Colombian coffee farmers.
In Aguadas, a small and colourful Colombian town perched in the Andes mountains, farmers would sit down at the family dinner table to enjoy a cup of coffee at the end of a tiring day tending their coffee plants. Sometimes the conversation would turn to the future and the children would talk about working in the city to escape the financial insecurity of farming. It wasn’t a conversation the farmers particularly enjoyed. They wanted to pass down their farms and heritage to the next generation.
Keen to improve the welfare of the farmers, we asked them how we could help. The reply was clear. What they most wanted was a pension to help protect their farms, families and futures. At the time, only about seven percent had one.