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Homestay Experience

Homestay Experience

I decided to do a homestay my first week working with De la Gente because it would be a great way to practice Spanish, but what I got out of the experience was so much more than that. Not only was I able to practice Spanish but I became acquainted with the families day to day life, tried new and delicious food, and made a special connection with the family.

Rising Together at DLG Coffee Congress 2017

Rising Together at DLG Coffee Congress 2017

‘Two of us, working together, can rise.’ Saying that, Timoteo Minas raised the end of the string he was holding and encouraged his brother Gabriel to do the same. The two of them were at the base of the web we had formed by tossing a ball of string back and forth and around the circle of the DLG Coffee Congress participants. ‘Better though,’ Timo says, ‘if we all work together and rise together,’ and the rest of the group raised the web to the level of the two.

Community-based Tourism and Sustainable Development

Community-based Tourism and Sustainable Development

When done right, tourism can be a powerful tool of sustainable development. In the wake of globalization, community tourism is a way to create mutually beneficial relationships for locals and visitors. Through De la Gente's community lead tours and workshops, tourists are able to bridge the gap between coffee farmers, share cultures, and learn about the intricacies behind the global coffee industry. 

Breaking with Tradition to Improve Sustainability

Breaking with Tradition to Improve Sustainability

Coffee shipped in burlap sacks has become almost iconic and while it’s better than using plastic bags or even cotton it still has it’s drawbacks from a sustainability standpoint. This year De la Gente is changing up the bags in which we export our coffee by partnering with the New Denim Project to use sacks made out of 100% recycled jean fabric. Choosing to source our export sacks locally allows us to reduce our environmental impact as well as create more economic opportunity in Guatemala.

What do we mean by Service Learning?

What do we mean by Service Learning?

Service Learning with De la Gente is so much more than a fun international trip learning about coffee. It's a cultural immersion that both our visitors and our local community partners benefit from. The combination of community service and reflection while being immersed in local coffee producing communities really leaves a lasting impact in the participants while supporting our local partners to create more socially and environmentally conscious citizens of the world. 

"This is my right, to work, to grow and export my own coffee."

"This is my right, to work, to grow and export my own coffee."

“As a young girl, I never dreamed that one day I would be a landowner nor a coffee producer" said Lesbia. Today she is one of the largest exporters in the San Miguel Escobar Cooperative and a role model for her children showing that hard work and dedication pays off and women can set big goals and acheive them. Read on to learn her powerful story. 

Valeriana - Mother, Wife, Coffee Producer

Valeriana - Mother, Wife, Coffee Producer

Valeriana, 24, mother of two (soon to be three) began her work in coffee the same way as many women do: processing beans that are grown and harvested by other farmers. Her first year she only exported a few hundred pounds, but this year her goal is 3,000 pounds. Read on to learn how an investment from De la Gente's Women's Fund is helping her to reach her goal.

Coffee with Women's Spirit

Coffee with Women's Spirit

Being a woman in these rural areas of Central America can be challenging, but the strong women of Guatemala have always risen to the challenge. Learn about how one of our partner cooperatives is supporting women. Support this group when you order a bag of 100% women grown, harvested, and processed coffee. Makes a great gift for the strong women in your life!

A First-Hand Account of Angel Zuleta Martinez’s Life in Coffee

A First-Hand Account of Angel Zuleta Martinez’s Life in Coffee

 I didn’t know anything about processing coffee when I first joined, but other members taught me everything I know. Now I have three cuerdas of land for growing coffee. I want to buy two more but am waiting for the right plots of land to become available for purchase. We have big goals when it comes to coffee. We want to grow our production every year, this is why I am buying more land. It is a huge benefit for my wife, for both of us, to work together at home and raise our growing family.