We began to work with this farm in 2003. They already had a good crop of coffee trees when our relationship began but needed to create some biodiversity. Because the owner is socially conscious and has the welfare of his workers at heart, we have been able to accomplish quite a few programs throughout the years.
2004 - To increase the biodiversity of the surrounding ecosystems, the farm also began inter-cropping their coffee plants with rainforest shade trees. The farm's kitchen was rebuilt and the roof was replaced (see picture). It was also equipped with new pots and a gas stove with a fuel system. A new washing station was added and a permanent trashcan was installed to reduce litter. A clinic with a full-time nurse and a weekly doctor was established, and the nearby school was provided with supplies and assistance to the teachers.
2005 - New housing quarters, washing areas, and shower units were built for temporary workers (see picture). Meal plans were improved and new roofing was funded for an existing kitchen. Total spent: $37,962
2006 - Another housing block was rebuilt and the dining area was extended. Improvements were also made to the windows, doors and beds in the older sleeping area. Total spent: $42,924
2007 - The meal program will continue to be supported. Funding will also be provided for maintenance on the new and existing facilities. Total budgeted: $12,000
Finca La Paz
Total spent 2004-2006 = $100,000
Total budgeted 2007= $12,000
- Capital city: Mexico City
- Population: 108,700,891
- Export commodities: oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton
- % below the poverty line: 40% (2003)
- GDP/ capita: $10,700 (2006)
- Life expectancy: 75.63 (2007)
- Literacy rate: 91.0% (2004)
- Environmental issues: deforestation, lack of clean water