Founded in 1996, Las Diosas - La FEM is a dynamic female led cooperative that sells quality fair trade coffee while simultaneously supporting and promoting women’s rights. It consists of 132 members in 4 smaller cooperatives. They are fiercely independent and determined to succeed in the coffee industry, which has been traditionally male dominated. The cooperative is involved in community development projects primarily focused on issues concerning women such as violence against women, education and health matters. They have also established an “alternative” school where young women are encouraged to take up traditionally male dominated trades such as carpentry and construction. This enables young women to gain independence from men and create employment opportunities for themselves. The members are encouraged to explore political topics and writings that often analize the legitimacy of Fair Trade and where it stands in a market. The members of FEM are interested in selling their coffee to small operations that fit their social concerns, such as Bean North, and are opposed to selling their Fair Trade coffee to mega chains such as Walmart or Starbucks. FEM is always looking for ways to increase their ability to support their members an local projects. One cooperative member spent 5 weeks in an internship with Just Coffee (a roaster member partner with Bean North), learning all about the roasting process and café industry with the hopes of being able to start her own café back home.