Empower Coffee Farmers in Maramag
The municipality of Maramag in Bukidnon got its name from “Ag Ramag”, a contracted Manobo term for “Ag Ramag Ki Dini”, which can be loosely translated to “let us eat our breakfast here”. True to its name, Maramag is one of the main suppliers of a breakfast staple in the Philippines—coffee.
Nestled under the forest trees in the mountains of Maramag are Arabica and Robusta coffee trees. Bukidnon province is the 4th largest producer of coffee beans in the country and 40% of the supply come from Maramag.
To improve the coffee processing facility in Maramag, ILOVE Foundation partners with the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Federation of Kape Maramag through our ‘Quest for Love’ initiative. This loving organization is run by 442 women coffee farmers from different barangays in municipality. The federation has already started the harvest and processing of Maramag’s coffee beans into world class ground coffee, drip coffee bags, and ready to drink granules. Currently, these products are distributed in Bukidnon and other places in Mindanao.
ILOVE Foundation and the RIC Federation of Kape Maramag aim to increase the production of coffee products and market them to Metro Manila and other areas outside the region. We want to establish the federation as a sustainable social enterprise encompassing the entire coffee value chain from farm to cup. In doing so, we will be able to raise the income of the farmers and empower them as agri-entrepreneurs.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used in setting up a processing facility that will convert the raw beans into value-added, consumer-ready coffee products. Main products, such as blended roasted coffee granules and powdered instant coffee, will be marketed under the “Kape Maramag” brand. ILOVE Foundation will manage the construction of the facility and procurement of the necessary equipment, making sure that the implementation of this project follows the standards of the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Department of National Defense (DND) has already lent a hand in the construction of the facility.
We will also assist the federation in reaching a bigger market for the Kape Maramag products. We are currently coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to build better roads in the area so the products can be easily transported from the facility to the target markets. Join ILOVE Foundation and the RIC Federation of Kape Maramag in empowering local coffee farmers and promoting their products. Support this campaign by clicking the Give Now button. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family and encourage them to patronize locally-produced coffee products!
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