The Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI) was founded in October of 1989 and received Fair Trade certification in 1999. This coincided with the global coffee crisis that was devastating for the livelihood of coffee farming families. Fair Trade prices were vital in restoring their economic well-being. Before this time they relied mainly on organic certification and the reputation for quality the Huehuetenango region holds in the specialty coffee world.
Fair Trade has had a significant impact on the lives of members of Asobagri. Premiums are invested in health care and education of family members, as well as technical assistance in quality improvement and organic agriculture methods for sustainable coffee production. They also provide members with basic training in organizational management and operations, organize literacy programs for community members, and fund credit programs for women’s groups.
Date Established: 1989
Members: 614 members
Agricultural assistance for farmers
Health care program