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supplies

The coffee co-op has on its rural property one small elementary school, staffed by a part-time government-provided teacher. All of the UIW participants contributed and carried a bounty of school supplies for the elementary school as a gesture of our gratitude for their hosting of our
group.

Here, co-op elected officers are planning how to inventory and disburse the supplies during the school year.

 

MBA students sample coffee

ANACAFE is the largest coffee exporting trade association in Guatemala. Funded by members and by the government, it conducts quality assurance tests and grades coffee destined for export. It also provides marketing assistance and is available for taste tests.

Here, MBA students taste the coffee samples from the various regions of the country to detect the significant differences between the highlands coffee and that grown at lower elevations.

 

coffee processing explanation

A U.S. engineer who founded an NGO--Green as it Gets--explains the
coffee planting and harvesting process to the UIW group.

 

ripe beans

Each coffee tree is picked monthly as the beans ripen. Only the red ones are picked in each cycle, and the green ones are left for the next cycle.

 

off to pick coffee beans

Each three-member UIW team was paired with a microenterprise owner of a plot of coffee trees on the mountain-side coffee co-op owned by thirty-two families who fought as guerrillas during the country's Civil War. The team then walked about two miles to the work site to begin picking ripe coffee beans.

 

trekking through the jungle

Each UIW team, led by the plot owner, reached the designated picking spot via an almost invisible path that covered water crossings, steep hills and suspicious sounds.

 

microenterprise owner

At a neighborhood lunch, nearby microenterprise owners explain their business concepts.