Welcome to "Behind The Bean" 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 hardworking businesswomen who has worked with her family to continue to build their farm, and their business. We have had the pleasure of working with the Aguilar family since 2012.
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.
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 made the decision then to continue her education in Ocotopeque, Ocotopeque and later Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, where she graduated University with a degree in Business Administration.
After University, she moved back home to help on the farm and in addition to her new responsibilities, 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.
Honduras is a country where a woman customarily stays at home and takes care of their husbands and children. Maricela is adjusting norms as she has been able to both work and raise a family; she is a mother to 5 -year-old Sofia and has a son on the way.
Maricela is a member of Cooperativa Cafetalera La Labor Ocotopeque Limitada (COCAFELOL) – one of the most successful and innovative coffee farmer groups in Honduras.
Maricela and her family are one of the 25,000 families whose lives you help enhance by buying our coffee. With every purchase, we ensure our farmers have an above market price for their green coffee, that they have a safe and comfortable place to call home and that their children have schools to attend. These are practices we've been fine-tuning and applying for over 40 years now and they wouldn't be possible without your continued support.
Next time you buy a bag of our French Roast coffee, know that you’re helping farmers like the Aguilars!