Producer Profiles

GUAYA'B - Asociación Civil Guaya'b Huehuetenango

Asociación Civil Guaya'b is a coffee cooperative located in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. The cooperative currently consists of 330 members, 316 of whom are indigenous. Formally established in 1998, Guaya'b began selling to the Fair Trade market in 2000.

The sales made by Guaya'b have brought stability to the cooperative and have enabled members to meet their basic needs. With the Fair Trade price, Guaya'b farmers have increased their own earnings and reinvested a portion of their profits into the community. As a result, the region’s economy is more stable and the rate of migration has decreased.
 

Quotable

Since we began selling at the Fair Trade price we have seen a big improvement in our quality of life. 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.  

Antonio Carmelo Camposeco, Guaya'b President

Programs

Additional Income from Additional Crops

Guaya'b members have invested premium funds into growing peanuts, fruit and peppers for sale in local markets.

Low Interest Micro Loans

Guaya'b cooperative members are provided with low-interest loans which allows them to avoid unscrupulous local lenders.

Organic Production and Composting

The Guaya'b General Assembly voted to invest in environmental programs that would help reduce waste and increase productivity, without greatly increasing the cost of production.

Fair Trade premiums have helped fund composting programs in several communities that generate organic fertilizers and reduce waste. Funds were also used to finance technical assistance in organic production techniques for cooperative members.