Yochin Tayel K'inal Coffee Cooperative in Mexico



Yochin Tayel K'inal ('Entering into the Land' in Tseltal) will function as an alternative marketplace for small coffee farmers and foster economic independence for indigenous peoples in Chiapas.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Small coffee farmers in Chiapas are struggling to survive. The price of coffee has plummeted in recent years and these farmers are completely dependent on middlemen who purchase their coffee at prices below market value. For over 800 coffee farmers, this cooperative will ensure the farmers a fair price for their coffee and eliminate their dependence on middlemen. The cooperative will form relationships with Fair Trade and organic associations in 2004 to gain access to international markets.

How will this project solve this problem?

Funds will construct a store & warehouse, create a revolving fund to purchase corn, beans, honey & seeds from local farmers, & help complete the cooperative certification process, as well as provide trainings in organic agriculture & business skills.

Potential Long Term Impact

Yochin Tayel KĀ“inal plans to primarily serve local coffee farmers as a cooperative that will allow these farmers to earn money. It plans to expand in 2003-2004 to include corn, beans, and honey farmers.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,890

Funding Policy: partial

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,890 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $3,450.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $2,890 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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