This microlot comes from Maria Ramos, whose farm is situated in the San Antonio Huista area of Huehuetenango, Maria is one of the member farmers of The Red de Mujeres, or "network of women" - a large group of female producers who have been either widowed during the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala or were left when their husbands fled the country during the coffee crisis between 2001 and 2004. Since Huehuetenango was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis, many people decided to give up altogether and find work elsewhere, leaving their families behind.
With the help of ACODIHUE, Asociación de Cooperación al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango, these female producers have been united to market their coffee and find international buyers. ACODIHUE has also supported them in training in organic farming methods, from producing and applying fertilizers, to rust and pest control methods.
ACODIHUE was set up in 1996 with the help of the European Union and the government of Guatemala.