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Better Coffee, Better Livelihoods: Lessons from Our Second Joint Workshop with Intelligentsia

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Jan 28, 2020 9:00:32 AM

A group photo of the participants and facilitators of the ECWx workshop at the closing ceremony.

"What coffee variety do you think has the lowest quality?” Intelligentsia Coffee’s Director of Sourcing and Shared Value Michael Sheridan asked this question to a room of farmers and business leaders in Honduras last month. “Lempira!” came the unanimous reply. Michael asked a follow-up question: “What is the variety you have planted most on your farms?” Again, the room called out in unison, “Lempira!”

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact

Cómo la tecnología digital puede democratizar el acceso a la información para las empresas rurales

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Dec 10, 2019 10:25:48 AM

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La versión original de este blog apareció en inglés en el sitio web del Pace Able Foundation.

El pueblo de Lonya Grande se encuentra en la región montañosa de Amazonas en Perú. Es aquí a horas en carro de la ciudad más cerca donde la cooperativa CECAFE tiene su sede. Los y las socias de la cooperativa viven aún más alejados y deben atravesar por caminos sinuosos próximos al Parque Nacional Cutervo.

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Topics: South America, Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, En Español, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

In Tough Conditions, This Nicaraguan Cooperative Blossoms

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Sep 26, 2019 1:56:37 PM

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Wiston Vílchez had barely turned 24 when he took over as general manager of the fledgling Flor de Dalia coffee cooperative in 2014. At the time, the cooperative consisted of a handful of families who sold their coffee to local brokers at rock-bottom prices. The brokers then sold the coffee on the international market with a huge mark-up—pocketing all the profit for themselves. 

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods

Como Se Ve Nuestro Trabajo en Nicaragua Ahora Mismo

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 28, 2019 4:43:46 PM

A protest in Granada, Nicaragua, one month after the conflict began in April 2018. © Julio Vannini

Durante años, muchos nicaragüenses se han enojado con las políticas cada vez más represivas del presidente Daniel Ortega. El pasado abril, la aprobación de una ley de impuestos impopular llevó al país al límite.

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Topics: Peace, Mexico and Central America, En Español, Stories of Impact

What Our Work in Nicaragua Looks Like Right Now

Posted by Will McAneny  |  Feb 13, 2019 6:00:00 AM

A protest in Granada, Nicaragua, one month after the conflict began in April 2018. © Julio Vannini

For years, many Nicaraguans have bristled under the increasingly repressive policies of President Daniel Ortega. Last April, the passage of an unpopular tax law tipped the country over the edge.

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Topics: Peace, Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact

How These Mayan Farmers Are Modernizing a Two-Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Posted by Lula Perez  |  Oct 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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For the Maya, bees and their honey have always been sacred. Bees are a symbol of fertility and abundance; kaab, the Mayan word for bee, can also be translated as “force,” “land,” or “world.” But for the Mayan producer-members of the EDUCE cooperative, honey isn’t just a part of their cultural heritage. It’s also their livelihood.

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Topics: Mexico and Central America, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods