The Female Coffee Growers of San Marcos Huista
As is the case with many Central American countries, a severe economic situation and safety issues domestically in Guatemala has seen an exodus of economic-migrants to the US in the last decade. Many of these migrants are men, who have left behind families, their wives and daughters, who have been forced to take matters into their own hands.
This is particularly true in the remote community of San Marcos Huista, located in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Here, about 50% of the male population have already left to seek a better future in the USA.
The remaining community -- many of whom speak the native Popti dialect -- is incredibly isolated. This posed a harsh challenge for the remaining women left in sole charge of the rural family coffee farms. For some, a quite literally "off the beaten track" location left them vulnerable to hawkers offering below-fair prices for their coffee; for most their only option was to sell their coffee to the local "coyote", who would drive by with a pick up truck and buy all their coffee at a particularly low sub-market price.
The Primavera Female Coffee Growers project supports female growers with micro loans and technical assistance in order to help them continuously improve the quality of the coffee they produce. The project continues to save their truly unique coffee from the local market, helping to turn a community in hardship into one of growing success.
Introducing: the Female Coffee Growers of San Marcos Huista:
The Female Coffee Growers of San Marcos Huista Coffee Production
they are: Magdalena, Ana Nolasco, Manuela Veronica, Maria Garcia, Rosa Morales
Selective harvest of ripe cherries, de pulped the next morning, fermented for up to 36 hours, washed and sun dried for 6 - 8 days.
Avocado, Chalun Colorado, Bananas
1Ha total production area
Female Coffee Growers San Marcos Huista