Junieth Leiva de Soppexcca – #5 Super Mujeres
Junieth began her journey in coffee at the age of 12 when she joined ‘Coffee Kids,’ an educational group organized by Soppexcca to teach children about coffee production. She was a leader in the young environmentalist group and went to university to study agriculture. Junieth even obtained barista training to pay her way through university.
In addition to coffee, Junieth also grows bananas, citrus fruits, and wheat to diversify her income. The farm is known as Escambray because it is the name of the region where the coffee comes from.
Introduced into the country in the mid-1800s and forming a central position in the country’s economy for more than a century, coffee is currently Nicaragua’s primary export. Its production generates over $448 million dollars a year in exports, representing 8.2% of overall exports, and provides more than 200,000 jobs to locals.