The people of La Laguna

Insights into everyday life

Let’s allow our protagonists to speak for themselves. Find out more about their lives with coffee through these portraits.

Miguel, 50,
coffee farmer

“Coffee means everything to the people and economy of Honduras.”

My grandfather already used to grow coffee here. I employ 8 people, but during the harvest, this goes up to 30. I love the quiet life out in the country. The city is dirty and dangerous; out here, I gaze at the trees and breathe in the fresh air, truly grateful that we are able to sell what we grow.

Jesús, 75,
coffee producer

“We don’t really waste any time relaxing. Sometimes, I go to church. But we have mountains of coffee here, and the coffee keeps us busy all year round.”

Coffee rust was a real problem for us a few years ago. Now, I grow varieties that are more resistant to the disease. But my coffee tree nursery is my real pride and joy. Working together with Alfredo and his team is better than working with other “Beneficios”. He supports farmers. My dream is to get married again, to a woman who helps me on the plantation and who I can go to church with.

Esmeralda, 54,
assistant in the village store

“My goal in life is to raise my grandchild and give him the chance to get a good education.”

I love my job as it allows me to work with people all day. Because our prices are better than elsewhere, more and more farmers are coming here to shop. It can sometimes be difficult to balance my work in the shop with running a home. But somehow, I always manage. I have five children – the youngest has been living in the US for four years. My greatest wish is a good education and a secure future for my grandchild.

Héctor, 32,
incoming goods and quality control

“El mal de uno es el mal de todos!” (What’s bad for one of us is bad for all of us!)

I live about 20 minutes’ walk away from the “Beneficio”. My colleagues always pick me up on their way to work. We are close friends and do a lot together in our free time as well. I learnt everything about coffee farming from my father. The most enjoyable part of my job is analysing the coffee and being in direct contact with the farmers. My ultimate goal is to make sure my son gets an education and the chance for a better life.

Donaldo, 35,
lorry driver and all-rounder

“Working in direct contact with coffee as I do now, I see it in a new light.”

I collect the coffee from the farmers, take it to the “Beneficio” and then from there into San Pedro. The terrain can be a bit challenging, but I love my job! I used to work in agriculture. Now, coffee is my whole life. It’s a necessity, but also a genuine passion. Whenever I’m not working, I like to spend time with my wife and child – or on my own small plantation, where I grow coffee and bananas.

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Lellis, 40,
all-rounder in the “Beneficio”

“The ‘Beneficio’ creates a lot of good jobs in the region.”

I pitch in wherever I am needed. Among other things, I make sure the pulp removal process runs smoothly. The new machines at the “Beneficio” are much more efficient, and thanks to the training I received, I now know exactly how to operate them. In my free time I go looking for firewood for my wife, or we go out dancing with friends. My wish is that my children grow up with a healthy attitude to work so they can lead full, independent lives.