Today, we departed from Xela and drove to the South to visit Nueva Alianza. The trip to there was a bit rough and bumpy, yet the view was gorgeous. We were able to see changes in the species of plants and animals.
Several community members showed us around the farm and shared the knowledge about coffee plantation. In comparison to my previous visit at a coffee farm in Costa Rica, the community members did not attempt to solely market their products, in fact, they were honest sharing about their struggling to the group. I think Nueva Alianza resembles the problems existed in Guatemala. There are currently eight families pursuing organic plantation after the internal conflict within the community. Those eight families cannot use the machines to separate the beans and its skin; they have to use a less advanced machine to do the same task. They also had suffered through a life without salary and food, in which they had to find food on mountains. On the other hand, they have continuously tried different projects such as water purification and raising dairy cows in search for sustainable projects that could further strengthen their profits.
Nueva Alianza community members did not engage in violent activities during all the conflicts, nonetheless, the problems they have encountered, such as economic struggles, internal conflicts, and land issues, overlapped with the struggles occurred in the Guatemalan history. Despite the community is now in two divisions, the members had created solutions that best satisfied everyone’s will. Their resolutions made me further to believe that communication, act with dignity and identity, as well as actively to voice your opinions could also be the three essential conditions needed to resolve the current issues in Guatemala.