Supporting sustainable economic development
and direct trade in Guatemala

AGAIG In The News


 Press regarding the work AGAIG does as a development organization:


Cafe Brings World Class Coffee Directly from the Farmers to Your Cup Placencia
December 2012
Many discerning coffee lovers often question the source of their coffee. "Is it certified organic?" "Is it Fair Trade?" "Where was it grown?" more (click on the issue and "flip" to page 9)
As Green As It Gets Improves the Lives of Guatemalan Farmers Habla Guate
September 30, 2012
Coffee is one of the world's most valuable legally-traded commodities. The United States alone consumed more than 3 billion pounds last year, an amount valued at 20 billion dollars. Guatemala's good more 
Yo Yo and Pedro   Examiner
August 17, 2012
Pedro is a diminutive 40 year old Guatemalan with a dream that’s about to come true and Yo-Yo Geronimo is helping him. Yo-Yo, aka Jim, 45 is here to volunteer (from New Jersey) along with his new lady friend, more
Around Antigua - Development in Context, The Law of Unintended Consequences La Cuadra
March 26, 2012

When considering the unexpected consequences in development work around the world, Farley Mowat recorded a cautionary and relevant tale. It is worth describing in more

Is Coffee Culture Changing in Guatemala?  Tico Times
March 2, 2012
North Americans and Europeans have enjoyed coffee from Ethiopia, Costa Rica and Vietnam, among others, in their local coffee shops for decades. Coffee is a more 
As Green As It Gets and the Man Underneath the Tilley Hat Going to Greener
January 26, 2012
Franklin Voorhes is a difficult man to track down. If you really want to find him, he’s usually in one of the following places: traipsing around the coffee fields of San Miguel more
As Green As It Gets (Coffee That Is)

September 25, 2011
Timoteo rides his horse named Coyote up the steep slope of the towering Volcano Agua to work his small plot of land where he grows coffee. Coyote carries the hand-harvested bright red berries downhill in burlap more
NGO Review - As Green As It Gets, When Mum Knows Best La Cuadra
July 27, 2008
Recently I read a report given to a commission on sustainable development by the leader of a multilateral humanitarian group. The leader considered the “global food crisis” an urgent priority. He more



Blogs and stories from volunteers and service groups working with AGAIG:


Students Learn How to Savor the Flavor on Guatemalan Adventure   keene
January 30, 2013
Whether catching up with a friend over a steaming hot cup at Brewbakers or guzzling down an iced coffee from Bean & Bagel before running off to class, most coffee consumers haven't the slightest idea of more
Antigua, As Green As It Gets Farmer to Farmer Blog
January 10, 2013
Our room had shutters on the windows, so I was able to sleep in past my normal 5 or 6. I left my pajamas on, it is laundry day. I delivered my bag of dirty clothes to a spot around the corner. It was someone' more
Ideas Brillantes y Solidarias en Guatemala El Rinconcito de Ana
November 20, 2012
Recien llegada de Guatemala y en esta ocasion empiezo a contaros las experiencias finales. La Antigua habia sido el inicio de este viaje a traves del pais y lo cierto es que cuando uno regresa a more (in Spanish)
Les Aventures de Julie au Guatemala Julie, AGAIG Volunteer
October 3, 2012
Il y a de cela quelques annees, un americain a decide de demarrer une organisation non gourvernementale ici au Guatemala pour appuyer les producteurs de more (in French)
Direct Trade & Creative "Veritcal Integration" MariposaPaulette
July 27, 2012
Meet Filoberto Salazar: This is Filoberto Salazar, a barista in "Whiskey ADentro" Cafe (also called the "Whisky Den") in Antigua, Guatemala. Sixty-year-old Sr. Salazar has been a coffee farmer all of his life; and in more
As Green As It Gets - and My Introduction to Direct Trade MariposaPaulette
July 20, 2012
Background: Earlier this year, Stephen Kelly, a Boston College law student contacted me to share a mutual interest: helping small entrepreneurs in developing countries in Latin America. My background is in Fair more
Coffee, Chocolate and Colossal Volcanoes in Antigua Wanderlust
June 2012
Volcan Agua is a constant reminder of the gods' capricious nature. No wonder, then, that the Antiguans living in its shadow know how to enjoy more
Alternative Spring Break 2012 - Guatemala NEIU Independent
April 28, 2012
San Miguel Escobar is a neighborhood where people greet strangers as if they were long lost friends. One walk down the cobblestone streets and you're instandtly transported back in more
We Can Impact People - Alternative Spring Break Places Students on Guatemalan Farms Advance-Titan
April 5, 2012
Six days a week Filiberto Salazar takes the two hour hike up a volcano to his land, only after inviting people into his home to share breakfast with him and his family. It is here more
SIFE Makes a Difference - Students Recently Retruned from a Trip to Guatemala Helping Local Initiatives, Businesses    Oregon State
July 20, 2011
Several members of Oregon State University Students in Free Enterprise (OSU SIFE) are back in the United States after spending four memorable weeks in Central America. With the more
Reporting from Jen's Real Live Jen, AGAIG Volunteer
July 30, 2008
Cheslocks vs. Salazars: I've spent lots of time with Filiberto's family in the last few weeks. As I've gotten to know them better, it occurred to me that it would be interesting to compare and contrast their more
To All The Coffee Drinkers    
Drive you bike
July 21, 2008
Eighty percent of the original forests on this planet have either been destroyed or degraded due to human activity. Twenty percent of the world’s ancient forests have been cleared in the last 50 more
Guatemala Service Learning Trip 2007-2008 Stanford Graduate School of Business
January 2, 2008
After spending the whole New Year's holiday relaxing and traveling back from Lake Atitlan to Antigua, it was back to business on Wednesday with a day of physical more