Producer Profile: Maya Vinic

Written by Cafe Campesino on Aug 1, 2008 in NEWSLETTER, Producer Profile |
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Inspired by Tradition

Members of Maya Vinic Cooperative

Uniting members from 36 highland communities in the municipalities of Chenalhó, Pantelhó and Chalchihuitán, members are inspired by the traditions of their ancestors. Maya Vinic is organized and operates with respect to local culture, language, and reverence for the earth and traditional forms of self-government.

Promoting Positive Change

Maya Vinic was born out the wider civil society “Las Abejas”, an organized response to the prevalent injustice in their communities, in the hopes of promoting positive change and autonomous development by pacific means. The plight of their communities came to the public eye in the aftermath of the infamous 1997 Acteal Massacre, in which 45 men, women and children were killed by paramilitary forces and thousands more were displaced from their homes.

Coffee production was nothing new to the farmers of this region. “Recruited” as poorly paid hired hands during the harvest since the establishment of the coffee plantations in the early 1900s, farmers learned about production and processing, and witnessed the wealth that coffee had generated for a fortunate few. Soon, seeds began trickling back to the Highland communities of Chiapas.

Continuing to Build

Maya Vinic Wall of Rememberance

Farmers eventually were able to organize themselves into producer cooperatives in search of more equitable markets and continues to work toward positive change. In keeping with this legacy, Maya Vinic is in its second year of organic certification.

For more information about Maya Vinic visit www.cafecampesino.com.

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