Improving prospects for Guatemala’s coffee growers

Location: Guatemala

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
Sep 18, 2012, updated September 2012

Improving prospects for Guatemala’s coffee growers
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:We place value in coffee that's made with respect for the environment and to people.

Located in Chimaltenango, 112 kilometers west of Guatemala City, the village of Aldea Ojecaibal is a community of some 300 families whose lives depend on coffee farming.

The aim of Nestle’s project under the Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives platform is to enhance coffee production in ways that will ensure long-term social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


Programme description

Nestle worked with the community to identify four key areas that would help guarantee sustainable development:

  • Education
  • Water supply
  • Reforestation
  • Public health
Specific activities were identified to advance each of the aims. These included the construction of two new classrooms at the local school; a 200% increase in the daily supply of drinking water through the construction of a 10 kilometer supply pipe; the planting of avocado tress on every family holding; and the construction of efficient stoves and a primary care health center.

Value to Society

These investments in rural communities create shared value for Nestlé’s suppliers and for our company’s shareholders by contributing directly to the health and productivity of farming households and by protecting the rich soils that produce some of the world’s finest coffees.

Value to Nestlé

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