Producer Profiles

MAYA IXIL - Cooperativa Integral de Comercializacion Maya Ixil

Students graduate from premium funded Computer Studies program.
Two women sign a microcredit contract and receive their first check.
Located in the Ixcan region in Quiche, Guatemala, members of the Maya Ixil coffee cooperative have substantially increased their incomes, improved living conditions, and increased school enrollment since becoming Fair Trade Certified. Members are dedicated to conserving natural resources; 100% of the cooperative’s coffee is organic and much of it is shade grown.
 

Programs

Computer Studies Academy

Maya Ixil grants students in the region access to technology by maintaining a computer lab for their use.

Women's Microcredit Fund

While 12 female farmers are now cooperative members, coffee farming is heavily dominated by males in this community. To empower the wives of farmers to engage in other economic pursuits, Maya Ixil created a microcredit fund intended for income diversification plans, such as purchasing materials to raise livestock and to produce handicrafts and textiles. The additional income they generate both benefits the families and contributes to a growing gender equality in the community.

Technical Assistance Workshops

Maya Ixil contracts agronomists to lead training workshops to enable farmers to increase their productivity, as well as for direct technical assistance support on individual farms.