Coffee farmers in Santa Bárbara farm very small acreages; moreover, they have little agricultural, ecological and economic knowledge. So yields far below average are attained and not optimally processed. This means low sales revenue, which hardly enables an improvement of insufficient living and educational conditions.
Señorita Paz took over a 1 hectare coffee plantation from her father. She hopes to attain a yield of about 670 kg. She is dedicated and willing to learn, but not really acknowledged by her father. The family is indebted to a middleman and has to pay off the loans year after year with the harvest. Alternative financing opportunities through H.E.L.P. would create leeway for improvements. Yolanda hopes that in contrast to some other heralded aid projects, H.E.L.P. will really work.
Señor Izaguera farms an area of 1 hectare and hopes for a harvest of 450 kg – well over double the yield would be possible! He hardly has any knowledge about the cultivation of coffee. Processing and drying the coff ee takes place in his dwelling. By taking part in H.E.L.P. he gets professional advice through the project team, and as the first short-term measure he gets the opportunity to use a transportable sun dryer for better drying outside his house.
Señora Sogastume produces about 600 kg of coffee on an area of 1 hectare in an extreme hillside location. She definitely has experience in cultivation, but does not act in an economically viable manner and hardly has an overview of costs and yields. A substantial increase of the harvest would also be possible with her, and Señora Sogastume expects advice and assistance from H.E.L.P. in order to attain certification and thus a better price for her coffee.
The interest in H.E.L.P. is great. Instead of the planned 250 coffee farmers, 277 coffee farmers are now taking part in the project and using this opportunity to enter into a better future. And H.E.L.P. will not disappoint them. In addition to the continuation of ongoing activities, among other things a model farm will be set up in the next step in order to also practically demonstrate to participants what they have learned in theory.