Andrés Lopez has been in the coffee cooperative for a little over a year. Last year he produced 150 pounds of coffee and is hoping to export 500 pounds this year plus sell 100 pounds in the local market. He joined the cooperative with 6 cuerdas (2 acres) of coffee. Through the small business loan program, he has purchased 2 more cuerdas adjacent to his field, bringing him to a total of just under 3 acres of land. He apprenticed as a coffee tour guide for almost a year, and since the beginning of 2012, he has been managing his own coffee tour business within As Green As It Gets.
He has been elected to the co-op board of directors, and now helps out with business issues like santitary licensing.
His wife, Elma Catalina, has also joined the AGAIG family. She makes lunches for work teams and roasts coffee for her clients.
Andrés has 7 children, Juan David, Carlos Andrés, Luis Fernando, Mynor, Renee, Miriam Angélica, Melvin Alexander, and Cindi Lucretia. All of his kids work alongside Andrés in the coffee business. Carlos Andrés, now 21 years old, is getting ready to launch his own coffee business just like his father.