GUAYA'B - Asociación Civil Guaya'b Huehuetenango
“One of the most important aspects of Fair Trade is the premium that we have turned into a microcredit program, as our members do not receive the same service or opportunities to borrow capital from local lending institutions.” ”
Lucas Silvestre, GENERAL MANAGER
GUAYA’B values the individuals that make it such a strong, efficient cooperative, and therefore invested the premium in paying talented personnel.
Productivity & Quality
GUAYA’B was able to produce 2,500 sacks of organic fertilizer with the Fair Trade premium, which they then distribute to members, to ultimately strengthen their organic production. Additionally, to minimize loss due to rust, GUAYA’B’s members voted to invest in a rust control brigade, a critical activity in a region hard hit by the coffee leaf disease.
In order for GUAYA’B members to make the most of their coffee and honey production, GUAYA’B used the premium to create a microcredit fund, benefitting 98 families.