LUIS ORDÓÑEZ PÉREZ
PRODUCER: LUIS ORDÓÑEZ PÉREZ
Luis Ordóñez Pérez is a farmer from Amatenango de la Frontera, Chiapas a stones throw away from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. His 26 hectare farm is quite large by Mexican standards and he has been working the land for over 25 years.
He cultivates more than a dozen different varieties and is highly focused on quality. His youngest son, Minor helps him in all aspects of farm management. Luis said that in the past his goal in owning a farm was to simply own a 40 hectares of coffee producing land. However, at present he only has half the labor he needs to manage his current acreage.
As such, his goals have changed and now he wants to open a centralised wet mill in Amatenango and buy cherry from other farmers on both sides of the Mexican/Guatemalan border. As someone who is familiar with the exploitation of farmers by large domestic buyers, he wants to now give back to his neighbours, help stabilise their income and give them a meaningful path forward. We hope this dream comes to pass and that we can be a small part of its story.