Miriam Monteiro de Aguiar is a fifth-generation coffee farmer and the first woman to run the family farm. She is the founder of the subchapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance: Campo das Vertentes, and is committed to enhancing opportunities for Black Brazilian coffee farmers. Miriam graduated in sociology and holds a master’s degree in rural business and social development.
"The success of Black Brazilian Farmers means a new and impressive reality, which goes beyond the economic opportunity. It brings a new message to the local coffee community and establishes a new social position for Black Brazilians. For me, the answer is in the question—that is, to finally see what was always hidden. I see this as a very important fact because—in a country where the majority of citizens are Black—representation is essential to give hope and to encourage other Black Brazilians. Secondly, I believe that, in a bigger and more democratic sense, if these growers are recognized for their hard work, the local market will grow stronger and become more inclusive. This means increasing the possibilities of experience exchange, as well as more opportunity for everyone, both nationally and abroad." -Miriam Monteiro de Aguiar,The Triumph: Black Brazilians in Coffee, by Phyllis Johnson
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