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ACODIHUE - Asoc. de Cooperación Desarrollo Huehuetenango

ACODIHUE is a primarily coffee producing organization located in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The region’s unique climate and chalky soils provide excellent grounds to harvest a quality product. In addition to coffee, ACODIHUE also produces honey, potatoes, and “rosa de jamaica,” all of which are commercialized under the “La Meseta” brand label. ACODIHUE, through their sales into local and international markets, hopes to continue to provide services and technical assistance to producers that will keep product quality at competitive levels in addition to developing social and economic programs benefiting farmers, their families and the community.
 

Quotable

“Our biggest purpose is to improve the quality of life of our members, through the implementation of productive economic projects,P providing technical assistance and the decision to continue operating within the Fair Trade system.”  

Mariano Susnavar, General Manager

Programs

Farmer Finances

With a focus on empowering women coffee producers, ACODIHUE established a pilot microfinance fund for members who normally don’t have access to credit and therefore, not able to contribute to household livelihood. Wives and daughters of ACODIHUE members lack control over the household’s land use, and do not have the means to invest in land and agriculture by themselves. To date, 3,786 women have benefited from this fund.

Productivity & Quality

ACODIHUE’s goal is to raise the productivity of its member’s small farms, improve the quality of their coffee, and have a positive impact on the livelihoods of producers. To achieve this end, ACODIHUE is developing new farmer training tools and methods, adopting more sustainable farming practices, and meeting international standards for quality.

Communities

ACODIHUE’s technicians provided education on biology and ecosystems to improve sustainable practices. In 2015 ACODIHUE provided 1,110 producers with protective gear and access to well-equipped, onsite first aid kits.