The young Erika Jalitza López Centeno, residing in the community of Villanueva Arriba, municipality of Trojes, El Paraíso. Her coffee farm is located one part of Villanueva Abajo and another part in Villanueva Arriba, both in the municipality of Trojes, department of El Paraíso, she is a member of the Mixed Cooperative Planes Limitada (COMIXPLANL) and was a beneficiary of the project “Fostering access to differentiated coffee markets for young and small producers in the municipality of Trojes, El Paraíso, Honduras” funded by the Food for Progress Program of the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock(SAG) in 2013.
During the execution of the project, I was benefited from a credit for the planting of 0.7 hectares of coffee, technical assistance and training was provided by COMIXPLANL the project executor. The topics I received were: management of coffee cultivation, certification of farms, where we have learned and put into practice knowledge such as cleaning and ordering the farms and our houses, take advantage of the pulp and water of the beneficiary to make organic fertilizers, protect the ravines and forests, give a good treat and pay fair to the people who help us in the work of the farm; I also received training on the quality of coffee, where we were taught how to maintain the quality of the grain and ask for the best price at the sale; in administrative aspects, which has helped me to manage and take control of all the money that was put into our hands, from when we were given to plant the plots of coffee and then when we started to harvest and sell coffee. In the 2016- 2017 season I was able to sell the first crop of coffee and sold it to the Cooperative with the aim of selling in bulk and obtaining a better price. As this organization is ours, we negotiate the co ee with legal measures, with better prices and the sale is made direct with exporting companies, avoiding to sell as before to the “coyotes”(intermediaries).
It is very easy for me to say the great changes I have had to be benefited by the project and so many good things that have brought me, starting with my own home, having my own income from the sale of 10 quintals of coffee, with my companion we raised our house and we bought another 1.4 hectares of coffee cosechero, where each one put its part; in addition to putting into practice the knowledge, we manage our house and the farm in a healthy environment and taking our notes well, we have seen the profit and the performance of what we produce with so much effort.