Guatemala Cooperative El Sendero
Producer: Benito Ramos
Region: Canton Mendez, Concepcion Huista, in Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1650 mt
Varietal: Caturra and Bourbon
Members: 196 members; 62 women and 134 men. The cooperative supports young producers and gender equality.
Benito Ramos is a second-generation coffee producer in Concepion Huista, Huehuetenango region.
The cooperative used to be called Micro Regional Association 3.
After facing similar issues with coffee production and pricing, part of the members of the association formed the cooperative El Sendero in 2016 with the help of Anacafe and Inacop.
The cooperative has a strategic plan and fosters and atmosphere of trust, order and control, taking into account the capacities, responsibilities and interests of the associates and managers of the cooperative.
The social purpose of the cooperative is support and develop the social and economic situation of the members of the cooperative through programs, projects and activities that contribute to the standard of their lives. The cooperative for
example promotes saving and guarantees pledges and mortgages and provides other services depending on the needs of the members.
Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s three non-volcanic regions, as well as its highest and driest under cultivation, making it one of the best for coffee production. The extreme remoteness requires that nearly all producers process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has abundant rivers and streams, making it relatively easy for producers to set up mills. Still more fortunately, the geographic conditions help to create exceptional coffees with a distinct acidity and fruity flavors.