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

Production and Quality Improvements

GUAYA’B used Premium funds to help improve the quality of their coffee plants. They used these funds to switch out old, less productive plants and supply members with new ones. 87 families benefited from this investment.

Technical Assistance and Knowledge Transfer

GUAYA’B executed a technical assistance plan to teach producers the correct way of handling pesticides. They also invested in personal protection equipment and acquired botanical fungicides to help families with pest and plagues.