DESGUA has been working with Santa Anita for three years now. We have helped with coordinating the administrative, hospitality, and publicity aspects of their ecotourism project, and with the conception and development of their banana bread sales and distribution.
Other collaborations have included popular education courses with community youth, production work for the film Voice of a Mountain, and coffee sales and marketing to the U.S. community at large from the DESGUA USA office. In addition, we have proudly helped in the development of their Ernesto “Che” Guevara library by raising funds for their book inventory and their Rodrigo Asturias Computer Center.
Finally, we helped organize and coordinate their outreach tour “Not Enough” in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
Santa Anita la Unión is an organic coffee and banana growing community formed by ex-guerrillas who fought during the 36-year internal armed conflict that ravaged Guatemala until 1996. The community, composed of 32 families, has developed two schools, a daycare center, a pharmacy, a public library, an ecotourism project, as well as coffee roasting and exportation abilities. They have come a long way from the oppression and exploitation against which they fought during the war, but they still struggle to create a better future for the next generation.