Anthony Lee - Jan 01 2020
Meet The Farmers- Part 2
Come with us today on a voyage to Finca Buenos Aires in Fraternidad, Octoopeque Honduras to visit Maricela Aguilar and her family on their farm. Maricela is a hard working businesswomen who has worked with her family to continue to build their farm, and their family. We have had the pleasure of working with the Aguilar family since 2012.
Maricela is member of Cooperativa Cafetalera La Labor Ocotopeque Limitada (COCAFELOL) – one of the most successful and innovative coffee farmer groups in Honduras.
Her family farm, Finca Buenos Aires, was established in 1997 and is 18 manzanas (31.1 acres) in size. Maricela has helped out on the family farm since age 11 and has recently taken the lead in the production and commercialization of sustainable, certified coffees.
In addition, she is also Operations Manager of Beneficio San Marcos (BSM) located in Sensenti, Ocotopeque, where she is in charge of helping other farmers sell their quality coffee.
Finca Buenos Aires
Maricela was born in the mountain village of Rio Chiquito, but went to live with her grandmother at age 6 to attend primary school in the largest nearby town – La Labor. She never returned home, continuing her education in Ocotopeque, Ocotopeque and later Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, where she graduated University with a degree in Business Administration.
Honduras is a country where woman customarily stay at home and take care of their husbands and children. Maricela is adjusting norms as she has been able to both work and raise a family; she is mother to 5 -year-old Sofia and has a son on the way.
Maricela has been a proud supplier to San Francisco Bay Coffee since 2012.
Next time you buy a bag of our Fog Chaser Coffee, know that you're helping farmers like Maricela.