Coffee farmer Quirica Cadava of Butuan province wakes up every dawn with so much enthusiasm. She has been counting the days until she could finally harvest the ripe coffee cherries with love and care. She smiles in content as she sees how her passion and dedication have resulted in a good harvest this year.
For Quirica Cadava of Tungao, San Mateo, Butuan City, the early morning sight of coffee cherries—all red, ripe and glistening as they hang from the dew-covered coffee trees, all awaiting harvest as the first pick of the season—is a source of wonder, hope and inspiration.
The coffee cherries represent not simply the fruits of her labor and care but also the chance for a better future for her family and relatives.