“Before, only men owned the land and we didn’t know where they spent the money. Now that we have our own land and our own income, we have gained self-confidence,” says Blandi Maricel Cobón, Vice-President of UPC.
“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, 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.
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!
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.
Investing in coffee producers at origin is key to producing good coffee. A producer can do everything right - have healthy plants, harvest only ripe coffee cherries, de-pulp the fruit the same day it is harvested - but if the coffee is dried poorly, the cup quality (taste) will be diminished, and all that their hard work and investment will have been wasted.
Our Origional Cooperative Partner is growing and they need your support in buying a computer & a printer to manage their growth and financials. We have a donor who has already pledged $500 to this project but we need to raise $500 more to make the purchase. Double your impact when you make a contribution today and support small scale coffee producers and cooperatives grow, achieve sustainability, and compete in the global coffee industry.
The holiday season is fast approaching so we curated the perfect gifts for you to give to your family friends and loved ones. Order today, and enjoy knowing that you are giving a gift that everyone is sure to love while doing your part to make this world a better place this holiday season. Still need a little convincing, check out these 6 reasons to gift a De la Gente Holiday Bundle to your loved ones this year.
Many of the farmers who we have partnered with have worked in agriculture all their lives, many have worked in coffee for years, others are newer to the crop but they all are still perfecting their process, making small improvements here and there, adapting to changes, all to make the best cup of coffee possible.