Zapatista Cooperative Yachil Xochobal Chulchan
Cooperation since: 2008
Number of farmer families: 606
The coffee farmers in Chiapas are part of the Zapatista movement. They organise themselves in the south of Mexico in autonomous, from the state independent communities, which autonomously manage their education and health system as well as the jurisdiction. They follow the principles of grassroots democracy, of solidary economics and ecological agriculture.
The movement found its beginning with the Zapatista uprising in 1994, when the indigenous population demanded the right for self-determination. Since the Mexican state is strongly neglecting the indigenous and rural population regarding infrastructure and participation until today, the indigenous communities decided to organise themselves autonomously.
Coffee as livelihood
For most of the farmer families in South Mexico coffee is the only source of income. The purchase of the coffee at fair prices, the pre-financing of the harvest and a solidarity contribution secure the existence of small-scale farmers and strengthen the autonomous development of the indigenous region. In cooperation with the association Café RebelDía - Direct Solidarity with Chiapas, gebana has been buying, importing and selling coffee of the Zapatista Cooperative Yachil Xochobal Chulchan in the highlands of Chenalhó since 2008.
The Cooperative Yachil Xochobal Chulchan - translated new light in the sky - was founded in 1998 and is exporting biologically certified Arabica coffee since 2001. With the project of an own roasting facility the cooperative wants to increase the local value creation in the future and at the same time create apprenticeship positions and thus perspectives for the youth.