ACODIHUE is located in the Cuchumatanes Mountains of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Asociación de Cooperación al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango (ACODIHUE) was founded in 1996 with the support of the European Union and the government of Guatemala. It is a primarily coffee producing organisation, made up of 20 agricultural associations, overseen by a board of directors which is elected at the organisation’s annual assembly.
The unique climate and chalky soils of Huehuetenango, are ideal for the production of high quality arabica coffee.
In addition to coffee, members of ACODIHUE also produce honey, potatoes and hibiscus tea, all of which are marketed under the “La Meseta” brand label.
ACODIHUE, through sales to local and international markets, hopes to continue to provide services and technical assistance to producers that will keep product quality at competitive levels in addition to developing social and economic programmes that benefit farmers, their families and the community.
ACODIHUE’s objectives are to:
- Provide support to farmers to meet the volume and quality requirements that the market is looking for
- Empower the associations to become strong businesses
- Facilitate marketing to create new business
- Financially support its members to expand
- Lead and support farm and forest protection programmes
- Improve access to services generally for the community
Benefits of Fairtrade
ACODIHUE has used Fairtrade Premium funds to establish health, education and nutrition programmes.
Storage and distribution centre
ACODIHUE has used the Fairtrade Premium to part fund the construction of a storage and distribution centre.
The large amounts of water used in the coffee washing process are now treated in filtration and sedimentation tanks to prevent pollution of water sources.
With the Fairtrade Premium, ACODIHUE provided educational programmes and scholarships for members of the cooperative. Equipment for 15 classrooms in local schools was donated by the organisation and training for teaching staff and school administrators was also provided.