GUAYA'B - Asociación Civil Guaya'b Huehuetenango
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.
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
Low Interest Micro Loans
Guaya'b cooperative members are provided with low-interest loans which allows them to avoid unscrupulous local lenders.
Workshops and Training for Women
The cooperative offers womens' programs focusing on female nutrition, and work and business training.
Additional Income from Additional Crops
Guaya'b members have invested premium funds into growing peanuts, fruit and peppers for sale in local markets.