Coffee farmers rely on their coffee crops as a main source of income, but often face ‘thin months’ between harvests, or years in poverty if a coffee crop fail. Beekeeping for honey production and pollination solve social and environmental challenges.
25 Number of beekeepers helped in 2017
$5,000 Number of beekeepers helped in 2017
90% of coffee production takes place in developing countries
40 lbs. One beehive can produce up to 40 pounds of honey
30% Increased income for farmers who keep bees through honey sales
The story of Maya Vinic in the highlands of Chiapas Mexico is one story with a ray of hope for a more sustainable future for coffee farmers, and our beloved cup of joe.
Maya Vinic grew out of the peaceful indigenous civil society called Las Abejas (‘the bees’), and their story is rooted in the agricultural history of Chiapas, Mexico. As a collective initiative to improve the living situations of their farmers, Maya Vinic understands that in addition to providing a greater economic benefit, the co-op works for the dignity and fair treatment of its members through production and marketing. Their main priorities are to become more financially sustainable and self-sufficient, to provide members with technical assistance to better manage the coffee fields, bee hives and shade trees, to have more members certified organic, and to increase the productivity.
Maya Vinic is located in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas region of Mexico, in the biosphere reserve El Triunfo in the mountain rainforests. Protecting this delicate environment from harmful pesticides is important for the farmers and for the environment.