Supporting sustainable economic development
and direct trade in Guatemala

Social Impact


As Green As It Gets takes pride in the social impact that it has on the local communities. It is our belief that social progress can be achieved by partnering with local communities to develop sustainable businesses. In this way, we support entrepreneurs and increase the availability of jobs and community development programs at the grassroots level.


1. Number of local partners

Reaching out to as many local producers is one of the key ways of ensuring that AGAIG continues to widen its efforts in the local community within its means and resources.


At Inception, 2004

1 farmer


June 2012

38 individual coffee farmers in San Miguel Escobar and Santa Anita

2 coffee cooperatives in Huehuetenango and Santa Maria totaling 152 active members

27 artisans/groups in San Miguel Escobar and San Juan Del Obispo.

93 participants reforesting rainforest and high altitude forests in Teoxoquel and Ixcan.

4 coffee cooperatives pending solicitudes totaling 450 farmers in Coatepuede Region and Quiche Region

2. Income Level

Increasing income is the most important step in lifting the poor out of poverty. It is our belief that by engaging in higher value added production and services, our local partners are able to benefit from fairer wages that are commensurate with their work efforts.


At Inception, 2004

Mainly subsistence farming.


June 2012

General increases in producers’ and artisans’ incomes since 2004, ranging from 50% - 600%.

Increase of 40 acres in coffee producing land.

Acquired 19 capital equipment since inception: 9 coffee huskers, 3 dry mills, 2 scales, 1 roaster, 2 grinders, 1 decaffeinator, 1 kiln.  

Seasonal workers wages115%+ above the local minimum wage.

3. Standard of Living

A byproduct of increasing income level is improved standard of living. Once the basic necessities are met, additional resources can be channeled to improving housing, transportation and sending children to higher education or vocational training.


At Inception, 2004

Mainly subsistence farming.


June 2012

(data available only for San Miguel Escobar coffee cooperative)

25 families have built concrete homes with water and electricity.

6 horses, 2 trucks purchased between 7 families.

Home improvements such as installed flush toilets, showers, fences, and external doors with locks.

4. Job Creation

The efforts of AGAIG have a domino effect in creating more job opportunities for the local community. By improving profitability and increasing production, coffee producers are able to sustainably provide more work for family members and hire more seasonal workers. In addition, AGAIG also helps expand and develop local artisan businesses.

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At Inception, 2004

Mainly subsistence farming.


June 2012

Employment opportunities in coffee processing for family members.

Set up local cafe in Antigua (“Whisky Den”) run by coffee producers and their families.

Seasonal workers for coffee processing

Help start or develop 27 new artisan business start ups.  

5. Community project initiatives

AGAIG is committed to giving back to the local communities. These are either AGAIG projects or organic initiatives by the farmers themselves who allocate a part of their new wealth to help their community.

At Inception, 2004



June 2012

Constructing a secondary school with a capacity of 325 students in San Miguel Escobar.

Contributed significantly to disaster relief efforts in 2010 Agatha tropical storm.

Constructed a recreational court in San Miguel Escobar that can also be used seasonally for coffee processing.

6. Number of small business loans

Small business loans are critical tools that enable our coffee producers and artisans to participate in a formal financial system. Many of the producers we work with are unbanked or under-banked leaving many to rely on informal and in some cases, high-cost alternative financial service providers. These loans provide them with the means to start or expand on their businesses.


At Inception, 2004



June 2012

Administered approximately 300 donor sponsored small business loans worth over USD 120,000 to local coffee producers and artisans since 2006.