As the year comes to a close, many of us take this opportunity to reflect on what we have in our lives for which we are grateful. At De la Gente, that list is long! Here are some of the things we're thankful for this year:
The successful launch of La Suiza coffee in the US
Working with over 100 students learning firsthand about the lives of coffee producers
Producers beginning to see a recovery from roya (coffee leaf rust)
DLG's biggest year of coffee sales yet
We also want to take a moment to thank you for being a part of the De la Gente family - from buying our coffee, taking a tour, participating in a trip, donating to our programs, buying our artisans' work, spreading the word and more. It is greatly appreciated!
To celebrate, we are launching a series of posts on social media again this year, entitled #DLGthanks. Over the coming weeks, you'll hear from our farmers, artisans, staff and partners about the things they are thankful for this year. We would love to have you participate with us. Simply post on social media and use #DLGthanks to tell us what you're thankful for this year.
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I am thankful for the family we have created in Guatemala and with friends around the world. We would not be able to do the work we do without the support we receive. - Mindy Grantham, Director of Marketing
We at Utopian Coffee Co are thankful for great global partnerships, incredibly hard working employees, and awesome customers that allow us to do what we love! - DLG green coffee partner Brendon Maxwell, Utopian Coffee
I am thankful for being part of this amazing team of people from all over the world, together working to change lives here in Guatemala. "What a wonderful thing I am lucky enough to be a part of!" I think as I walk through these beautiful coffee plantations. - Beth Johnson, Director of Development
We are thankful for the artisan Elvia, who is very talented in her craft. - Mary & Gary Doten, DLG donors
I am thankful for many small things that bring me huge joy - like the rice-cooker Jane gave me, the coffee I get to drink every morning, the airplane blanket Peggy and Rick left at the office, and my roommate Manuel's shared interest in house-plants.
More importantly, I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with coffee farmers from our different partner cooperatives across Guatemala - who are among the kindest, most patient and hard-working people I've ever met.
And of course, I'm thankful for my Dad.
-Monique Comeau, Account Manager
Sharron: "I'm thankful for all of the people I've met while I've been in Guatemala - my host family, Maximo Nivel, volunteers, De la Gente"
Meghan: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience a farmer's way of life"
Phyll: "I'm thankful for being able to learn about the coffee process"
Alia: "I'm thankful for the opportunity to travel" -DLG Volunteers (from left to right)
I am grateful to all those at DLG, who sweat it out on the ground, sacrificing time and energy, but create a wonderful coffee and make it available to me. - Coffee Roaster Alan Erdstein, Moonbean Coffee
I'm thankful for the job that I have roasting coffee, and for the cooperative, because through this, I have a salary, and I can sell my own coffee, and I can learn more about coffee and how to roast. - Gabriel Minas, Farmer from San Miguel Escobar
I am thankful for wonderful neighbours who share in my granddaughter Monique's connection with coffee in Antigua Guatemala.
I am thankful for my life and the joy my children and grandchildren bring to it.
I am thankful for the 52 years I have spent with the man I love.
We both are thankful to De La Gente for starting our morning with a great cup of coffee! -DLG Coffee Customer, Sheila Bull
I'm thankful that God has kept me alive long enough to see and appreciate what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for my husband and our children, Samson, Zachary, Beatrice, and Gabriella and the big extended family we share. I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful for farmers like Monica and Lydia. I'm thankful for the healthy food they provide for me and my family. I'm thankful for my bag of narcissus bulbs. I'm thankful for the land to plant them and the water and sun to grow them. I'm thankful for the De la Gente coffee I drink when I take a break from planting them. And I'm thankful for my niece, Monique, who proves that love, compassion, and handwork are much better solutions than stewing in anger over problems. -DLG Coffee Subscriber, Jane Ferreira
First, I have to give thanks for the life that God gave me, for another year. Also for all of the work we've achieved, and the goals we have reached. During this time, it's important to give thanks to God. We farmers have a lot to give thanks for, our families, our children, and the coffee harvest to come, which we can already tell is going to be a successful one. -Eduardo, Coffee Farmer from San Miguel Escobar