Coffee Growers' Smile


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Social problem: 

Access to oral rehabilitation services for low-income communities is limited mainly due to their costs: The national  health system considers them as aesthetic procedures, which hinders their inclusion in basic benefit plans, and the users must assume the costs on their own. However, these are necessary treatments for the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the illness risks at family and social level.

According to the WHO, around 30% of the world's population aged between 65 and 74 years does not have natural teeth. The loss of teeth and other oral diseases limit the ability of the affected person to bite, chew, smile and speak, while it has an impact on their psychosocial well-being. In addition to this the average age of the rural population, especially of the coffee growers, exceeds 55 years, so that the just mentioned problem is part of the daily life of our coffee growers. This is why the Foundation Vive con Bienestar / BIVE in cooperation with the Swiss philanthropic fund LGT Impact Ventures and the coffee growers’ cooperatives developed the project of “Coffee Growers’ Smiles”.

General purpose: 

  To contribute to rehabilitation in oral health (with dental prostheses) of the coffee growers affiliated to Bive; which are from the cooperatives of coffee growers and actors of other productive sectors in the departments of Caldas and Risaralda.

How do we do it?: 
  • We provide access to timely diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, which significantly improved the quality of life of the coffee grower community.
  • We contribute to the recovery of coffee growers’ smiles  through oral rehabilitation with dental prostheses.
  • We carry out preventative prophylaxis treatments for coffee growers and their families.
  • We set up an educational program that allow coffee growers to have knowledge about how to use, care for and accept their new prosthesis.
  • We recovered the smile of 325 coffee growers from Caldas and Risaralda, benefiting them with dental prostheses.
  • We carried out 886 prophylaxis for coffee growers and their families.
  • We want to impact more lives with coffee growers' smiles project, to make it happen, we just start a crowdfunding campaign, you can donate by clicking here.