After a quick yet full trip to La Suiza, the DLG team and Chet Sadler from the Sanibel Captiva Rotary traveled to the Ija’tz Cooperative in San Lucas Toliman. Carol, DLG’s Tour Manager and I (Director of Development), traveled early that morning to make it to Ija’tz around lunch time. We spent the afternoon picking Arnulfo’s brain about tourism in San Lucas Toliman. Considering San Lucas is on the shores of Lake Atitlan and is such a beautiful community rich in history and tradition, we wanted to learn more about how we can support the cooperative through Community Tourism.
On Thursday, May 2nd, four members of the DLG team (Juan - Executive Director, Timo - Technical Assistance Coordinator, Ceci – Marketing and Sales Coordinator and Elisandro – our best driver and member of the Youth Group from San Miguel Escobar Coop) departed from Antigua at 5:45 am in the DLG's good old pick-up truck to visit La Suiza Cooperative.
Summer is heating up! This year though we are stoked to be jumping on the cold brew bandwagon (or at least chasing it). We have developed the perfect blend of beans Grown by two of our highest cooperatives in Huehuetenango and San Miguel Escobar, the Altitude Blend is a coalescence of chocolate, fruit and spice. Pick up a bag today and start enjoying your own cold brew concoction at home or wherever your summer plans take you.
We are thrilled to share our 2015 Annual Report.
Imagine you live in Guatemala and you have just paid off a 12 year mortgage to the government. Now you and your 116 fellow community members are the proud new collective owners of an old coffee plantation where you took up residence after the end of the 36-year civil war. The farm has seen better days, and now the fields are overgrown, the machinery has fallen into disrepair, and the only source of electricity is a small hydro-powered system that requires some tender loving care.
De la Gente is excited to introduce the women of North Fork Roasting Company, as part of our series on Women in Agriculture and Business. North Fork Roasting Company, on Long Island, NY is a coffee shop and roasterie which was founded by two incredible woman and has an all female leadership team. Jess & Jenni the Co-Founders along with Bri the General Manager visited and volunteered with us for the past couple weeks. We are so excited to share their story during our week long celebration of International Women's Day.
“We (women) have to value ourselves. WE HAVE VALUE. If we don’t value ourselves we can’t succeed and agriculture is important for everyone. If we don’t have farmers, we don’t have any vegetables or food.” ~ Marta Salazar on the importance of women recognizing their own value and the important work they do.
Investing in gender equality leads to improvements in quality and quantity throughout the coffee value chain because it provides women with access to the information and key resources they need to produce better coffee, resulting in higher income for families and communities. As coffee importers, we facilitate meaningful relationships between buyers and producers through our direct trade model. We are excited to continue exploring opportunities to minimize the gender gap in agriculture as it relates to the coffee sector.
Have a trip to Antigua planned? Don't miss our recommendations, especially if you have a limited amount of time in Guatemala.
A number of employees at De la Gente have lived in Antigua for a while now (3+ years) and have had the opportunity to get to know it fairly well. We've also had a lot of friends and family come to visit, so we're well aware of the sights to be seen (and which are really worth seeing/doing). In order to help fellow travelers, we've created an Insider's Guide to Antigua. Find it on our website
March is Women’s History Month in the US, the UK and Australia. It was created to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. I have long been a feminist and have greatly appreciated and have benefited from women that have fought for women’s rights. Growing up in the US in a middle-class family, I rarely wanted for anything, and education (including university) was a given. However, working and living in Guatemala has given me a whole new perspective on what it is to be a woman and just how lucky I have been in life.