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DE LA GENTE, OR “FROM THE PEOPLE”

GREAT DIRECT FROM

COFFEE FARMERS CULTURAL EXCHANGE TOURS CHANGING LIVES GENERATING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear friends, For De la Gente, economic opportunity has always meant building systems that create amazing coffee and travel experiences for coffee lovers and globetrotters while building economic prosperity for coffee farmers and their families. We firmly believe that we can change the coffee industry, historically a source of poverty even as it produces one of the world’s most popular drinks, into a source of hope and prosperity, one coffee farmer and coffee drinker at a time. In 2015 De la Gente continued to refine our capabilities while scaling up the scope of our work, always adhering to our values of respect, inclusion, collaboration, transparency, and relentless pursuit of effectiveness. As we look back on 2015, we have much to be thankful for and proud of. All of our work is united around the goal of creating economic opportunity that enables farmers to invest in their families and communities and achieve a better life. As I hear stories about a farmer keeping her children in school, building a better house for his family, or investing in any other of the many areas that contribute to family well-being, I take heart that our work is indeed paying off in the form of very real impact on the lives of our partner farmers. We wouldn’t be able to achieve this without everyone who makes up the wider DLG family. Whether you are a traveler, donor, coffee roaster, coffee drinker, or many of those at once, thank you for believing in our work and being part of De la Gente. Your participation makes all of DLG’s work possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the outstanding DLG team. These 6 people from 4 countries are the heart and soul of the organization and work tirelessly to ensure all of our programs are successful. In 2016 De la Gente will be sourcing coffee from 5 partner cooperatives and exploring opportunities for new product development to create additional income-generating activities for farmers. We are also developing new travel programs, including trips that are longer with different thematic foci, that will offer students more in-depth opportunities for experiential learning and immersion. All the while we are strengthening our relationships with our cooperatives and keeping the farmers at the center of our work. I hope you stay engaged with De la Gente in 2016 and beyond, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any ideas about how we can work together. Kind Regards, Andy Feldman De la Gente Visiting La Suiza, a DLG partner cooperative

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MISSION:

TO WORK WITH COFFEE FARMING COMMUNITIES TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.

We work towards our mission every day through our three core pillars of operations

Coffee Business & Commercialization, Cooperative Assistance and Community Tourism.

WHERE WE WORK Santa Anita - APCASA Region: Quetzaltenango 10 farmer members Petén

La Suiza - ACUPDIC

BELIZE

Region: San Marcos 116 farmer members

MEXICO Atlantic Ocean

San Miguel Escobar Region: Antigua 30 farmer members

Ija’tz

Region: Atitlan 50 farmer members

UPC

Huehuetenango UPC Coban San Marcos La Suiza Quetzaltenango MEXICO Ija’tz APCASA Atitlan Antigua Guatemala City De la Gente San Miguel

HONDURAS

Region: Huehuetenango 160 farmer members Pacific Ocean

EL SALVADOR

COOPERATIVE SPOTLIGHT - LA SUIZA

“Personally I would like to thank you all for your support this past year. Growing coffee has allowed me to support my children, in the buying of new clothes and shoes, as well as resources for school. Working with De la Gente has helped us to grow and reach ne


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