This certified Bird Friendly and Fairtrade Organic coffee comes from Asociación Civil Guaya'b, an association in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. Of its 330 members, 316 are of indigenous descent.
Formally established in 1998, Guaya'b began selling to the Fair Trade market in 2000.
"Since we began selling at the Fair Trade price we have seen a big improvement in our quality of life," says Antonio Carmelo Camposeco, president of Guaya'b. "Cooperative members can now afford to buy clothes and medicine for their families, and they benefit from the new programs the cooperative has implemented with revenue from Fair Trade sales."
The extra income from Fair Trade prices has also enabled Guaya'b farmers to reinvest in their community. As a result, the region’s economy is more stable, and the rate of migration has decreased. Some of the projects conducted with Fair Trade premiums include medical insurance, low-interest micro-loans, and additional crops.