My name is Karen Dayana Rivera Orozco. I’m 17 years old and I’m a coffee grower from Barrancabermeja, Santander. My mom left me and my dad when I was only 2 years old. So my dad decided to take me to my grandparents. I grew up on their farm. Thanks to ‘Education for the Future’ I was able to give my life a positive twist. Today I have my own plantation of 2,000 coffee plants and my future looks so different now, much better!
I am in the 10th grade at the Florentino Gonzalez high school. I study hard, because I have a list of goals and I want to check them all off. And I’ve learned so much already! Coffee crop management has hardly any secrets for me anymore and I was even part of a cultural exchange with other coffee growers from Burundi, the staff of Collibri Foundation and EFICO Foundation. Of course we’re very different, but we also share something very important: the love for coffee.
The project gave me a purpose in life, new friends and wonderful experiences. I’ve really seen a different side of life. So I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to grow my own coffee crop.
Read more about 'Education for the Future', the project that Karen is a part of.