Portland Coffee Roasters has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to help provide Healthy Home Kits for coffee farmers who work at Finca El Paternal farm, located in Huehuetenango. The Healthy Home Kits include smokeless stoves, sanitary latrines, and purifying water filters for the homes of farmers.
All 15 partner families in El Granadillo and El Chanjón (coffee-farming communities in Huehuetenango), with the help of local masons and Habitat Guatemala staff, have now successfully been trained for and constructed their smokeless stoves and sanitary latrines. In addition to the stoves and latrines, each family received a purifying water filter and participated in a workshop to learn how to assemble, use, and care for the filter unit. In the workshop, Habitat Guatemala staff also discussed the importance of families’ commitment to saving small amounts each month in order to purchase a $20 replacement filter two years from now. Staff also conducted follow-up home visits to check on the state of the different elements of the Healthy Home Kits and observed overall positive results.
The second phase of the project will soon begin in El Sauce, another coffee-farming community in Huehuetenango, with the next set of 15 families.