That's more equitable than importing raw seeds and processing them in a bean-to-bar or disc factory.
"Fair trade" was a step in the right direction, but it's not actually that much different for the farmers than conventional trade.
So there's still a lot of restorative work to do after the centuries of exploitation that have happened in what's now Central America.
We've chosen to go beyond simply selling the ceremonial cacao made by Mayan collectives in Guatemala. We will also be organizing fundraisers to obtain materials that can improve the quality of life of our cacao worker friends.
Here are the fundraisers we currently have going.
Ruk'u'x Ulew is accepting donations of books in Spanish and English, to assist in educating the Keq'chikel Mayan women who work for the collective in San Marcos la Laguna.
They have requested books on the following:
If you have a relevant book you'd like to send, or you have a book suggestion, please Contact Us!
Utz K'aslemal – which roughly translates to "Good living in a useful existence" – is the trade name of a collective from Sololá, just north of Lake Atitlán in the western Highlands of Guatemala.
In addition to making ceremonial cacao, they are also carriers of a deep Mayan spiritual tradition that includes holding ceremonies with fire, tobacco, and cacao.
This fundraiser is primarily to gather equipment they have requested so that they can camp at sacred sites in Guatemala, which tend to be remote out in nature.
They have also requested more straw mats for their ceremonies, glass jars to hold herbal medicines. And Rosalía, the abuela of the family, is in need of hearing aids.