Guatemalan coffee workers

Guatemalan coffee workers

From David Weiss

Feeding the indigenous community on the coast of Guatemala who earns a living in the coming months picking coffee beans, but due to covid fears are only being contracted for half the season at a time.

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Any coffee lovers out there?

Did you know that coffee in Guatemala is grown at an altitude of over 5,000 feet, which explains its robust and distinctive flavour. Guatemala's unique growing region, with a mild subtropical climate, combined with nutrient-rich volcanic soil, create an ideal environment for growing some of the most delicious coffee beans in the market and export their product worldwide, making its way into many distinct blends. Chances are you have tried some without even knowing about it.The covid virus has undoubtedly affected everybody worldwide. This coffee season, the indigenous workforce, specifically a group of coastal workers of 1002 individuals, some of which work on our own farms, are being contracted for only half the season in an attempt to minimize the concentration of people in the fields and reduce the risk of spreading covid. Unfortunately, this means that for half the season they will have little if any opportunity for work where they live and will go starving for many days. As I mentioned, my partner and I have close ties with these communities and provide work when possible but the economy took a hard hit during months of country-wide lockdowns and restrictions of all kinds. In anticipation of the split work season, we have amassed barrels of food staples such as beans, rice, eggs, flour, etc. but are missing a few crucial basics. Please help me reach my modest goal, which is the amount required to provide just enough to get these valuable people through the rough months ahead. I know I would personally give up the price of coffee for a day, week, or even a whole month if it meant that I or someone else doesn't have to face the real threat of starvation. Many thanks in advance. Every dollar makes a real difference no matter how big or small.(photo credit: Creagh Cross)

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