“Place of the Sugar Mills”
Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala
Size: 635 acres
Download a Summer 2010 Village Update
Also known as La Trinidad (the Trinity), Trapichitos is an Ixil community that has persevered through great challenges. Squeezed together for many years on just 25 acres of land, the original 85 families organized themselves to purchase land 25 minutes from their homes. After five frustrating years and many fruitless attempts to acquire land, the community approached Agros for assistance in April 2000. Agros had never worked with previously organized groups in the Ixil, thereby, presenting a new opportunity. With Agros’ support, local leaders finally had the financial backing to approach the landowner. The 635-acre tract of Trapichitos was purchased in November 2000.
With their new land, this persistent and faithful community has been planning and has nearly completed a number of infrastructural projects. On the old property, they have replaced their temporary houses with permanent ones. The new tract of land will be used for planting a fruit orchard and a communal coffee plantation.
Atlas Coffee Importers LLC, a Seattle-based coffee wholesale buyer/distributor, has formed an important partnership with Trapichitos. A representative visited the village in early 2003 to conduct a formal coffee tasting both to instruct the growers and to ensure a high level of quality before purchase. Atlas Coffee Importers has been Trapichitos primary coffee buyer and acts as a distributor/roaster to coffee roasters worldwide.
Trapichitos is a 35-kilometer drive from the municipal capital of Nebaj. A road has been built from Nebaj to Trapichitos but severe washouts and mudslides during the rainy season continue to challenge safe passage.
In June 2010, direct support from Agros ended in Trapichitos. Direct support includes the weekly visits Agros staff makes to the community for trainings, technical assistance and other community activities. After long-term partnership with Agros, the community has reached sustainability milestones, preparing them for self-sufficiency and continued growth. Agros staff will continue to be in touch as the families finish making land loan repayments and participate in the regional coffee project with neighboring communities. Please read our Graduating Communities document to learn more about how a village graduates from the Agros development process.