Miembros de la Cooperativa

Cooperative Tzeltal Tzotzil

The cooperative was established on August 19, 1986, with 19 producers, currently is has about 300 members, and they are located in 25 communities belonging to 6 municipalities in the region of Altos de Chiapas.  This region is characterized by concentrating the largest population of native indigenous peoples who speak the Tzeltal and Tzotzil languages.

The main objective of the cooperative is the commercialization of coffee, honey and artisan products locally and internationally under fair conditions, as the primary basis is the preservation of the ecosystem, promoting organic agriculture and improving local infrastructure. The organization also strives to involve and promote woman more in activities so there is currently an independent group of women who support each other.

One of the municipalities where coffee is planted is Pantelhó, which is crossed by three rivers and four streams of permanent flow; the Chacté river divides the municipality between the Tzeltal and Tzotzil ethnic groups. The demarcation has an average annual temperature of 15 degrees Celsius at 1,300 masl.

The variety of coffee produced in the area is red Garnica, yellow Garnica, Typica and Bourbon.

Currently, the sale of coffee has become one of the main activities for cooperatives made up of small Mexican producers of Tzeltal and Tzotzil origin. Hence, the importance of highlighting the work of fair trade and the care of coffee plantations in a natural way, to be able to commercialize organic coffee beans.