Cafi-Cultura Puertorriqueña, Inc. is a private educational non-profit organization founded by Lisette Fas-Quiñones, incorporated in 2008 as per the Laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It obtained tax exemption in 2009 under Section 1101 of the Internal Code of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Number 2008-1101(4)475. A Board of Directors comprised of members of the agriculture, conservation, education and tourism sectors and business leaders governs the organization.
Cafi-Cultura Puertorriqueña, Inc. is also known as Cafiesencia, which is its brand name. Originally, the main purpose of Cafiesencia was to provide services to communities of the coffee zone but it has expanded its area of impact to all rural communities. Therefore, Cafiesencia provides rural communities of Puerto Rico opportunities to improve their quality of life and achieve social and economic justice through sustainable economic development of agriculture, tourism, historic and natural preservation, and education.
After hurricanes María and Irma devasted the island in 2017, Cafiesencia has been helping farmers and the general public in providing orientation on programs and initiatives to help them in their long term recovery.
Cafiesencia cooperates in scientific studies, research, programs, trainings and other initiatives that result in sustainable economic development. Cafiesencia most cherished asset is its volunteer base consisting of community leaders, professionals in agricultural, tourism and sustainable affairs, farmers, scholars, and public employees. Among the collaborators are the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and Utuado campuses, The Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Puerto Rico State Office of Historic Preservation, the Municipalities of Yauco, Maricao, Las Marias, San Germán and Sabana Grande, community boards, private and public schools, other NGO’s and private businesses and individuals.
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