Thank you for all being so kind and supportive this week!
After canceling the trip to Guatemala on Monday, we received an email from Richard's old neighbor who lives in Antigua that said the area that I wanted to go to (alone) is very dangerous and many locals avoid the region due to the Mexican drug trade spilling into Guatemala. Not only that, but many websites warn against even going to Guatemala City (50% of the nation's murders take place there).
I'm not sure what this will do to the post-poned trip, however, coffee is grown in eight major regions in Guatemala and so many farmers are still living below the poverty line. I am hoping (and so excited!) to launch diversification projects, micro-financed small enterprises, and value-adding training to isolated coffee communities.
In the meantime, we are looking for methods to be a self-sustaining organization here in the US to keep the International programs funded:
1. Bicycle coffee cart
|Photo taken from Bike Caffe|
2. Selling coffee by the pound (already on our website)
3. Coffee truck (mostly for winter or bad weather days)
4. Selling re-usable coffee bags for bulk coffee- like this one:
Life sure is an adventure, isn't it?