Wednesday, February 13, 2013

leiva's coffee


Background
We have known the Leiva family ever since moving to Guatemala almost 5 years ago.  They were the first to welcome us, invite us over, love on us, and pray for us.  In fact, Mynor Leiva was the first Guatemalan I ever met, while visiting the country for the first time.  Interestingly enough, he was delivering coffee to the home we were staying in.

Mynor eventually left his position as the Athletic Director and Head Soccer Coach of a prestigious American school in Guatemala City to join our efforts in the poor village of Buena Vista.  His heart for helping the poor of his own country is something to be admired. Watching him and his wife Walda sacrifice their own careers in order to make a difference in the lives of the boys in at the Academy is something pure and precious to see.


Their family has owned a coffee farm in the Sierra Madre Mountains for generations.  The farm is located deep in the Guatemalan rainforest, hours from civilization.  The village where the farm is located is one of extreme poverty.  There is no electricity and no running water. 

Most of the village people are employed, and cared for, by the Leiva Coffee Farm.  In addition to the operation of the farm, the Leivas work diligently in other ways to help the villagers.  They build stoves, kitchens, and bathrooms.  They host children’s camps and activities.  They work with the locals in areas of education and hygiene.  In the village there still exists a deep Mayan belief that a boy must kill another man to enter into manhood.  The Leiva family presence in this village is the only thing working to break these cycles that have been repeating themselves for generations.

The Leiva family treats the village people like family.  In fact, many of the organization’s key employees, including the Director of Operations, were orphans that the Leiva’s took in as young children and raised them in their home.  To this day, a percentage of every bag of coffee they sell goes back into the local community.

The need
The coffee farm is a small operation, and they need a boost.  The goal is to sell their coffee in the US, as the local market is not sustainable.  But recently they have struggled to solidify contacts in the US to purchase their coffee consistently.  This is not for lack of amazing coffee.  It is the best we have ever tasted!  Every visitor we host in our home says the same thing, and typically buys as much as possible to take back!

The hope
We are reaching out to everyone we know, trying to expand the base of people that would be willing to buy and serve Leiva Coffee in their churches, businesses, and homes.

Would you consider serving Leiva Coffee in your church on Sundays, Wednesdays, and during the week to your staff?  How about selling Leiva Coffee in the bookstore, and sharing with buyers the deeper impact of every bag purchased?

Or would your business consider serving Leiva Coffee to customers, or in the break-room throughout the day?  Most businesses buy coffee already, and this could be an opportunity to do something good with an expense that is on the books either way.

For anyone who wants it, we will send you a small display that tells the story of the Leiva Coffee farm and the people that are being helped with each bag of coffee sold.

Please help us help the Leiva’s, and the villagers of the Sierra Madre Mountains!

If interested in more information, please contact us immediately!



4 comments:

Matt Cason said...

Brock,
We will commit to serving Leiva's coffee exclusively in our office.

Mark Kelly said...

I first heard about Leivas when our dear friends, Britt & Jodi, spoke of their desire to move to Guatemala and become part of Educate BV. It was after one of their trips there that I rec'd a package of Leivas Coffee. I don't serve anything else in my home now. The coffee is outstanding - seriously the best coffee I've ever tasted (and I love coffee!). The missional focus behind the coffee sold me on supporting the Levia family any way that I could. This year we were able to serve Leivas coffee during our missions conference, exposing our congregation to missional thinking, even when it comes to morning coffee. Every time I drink a cup of Leivas I pray for their family & the people of the Joconal village. In Oct.'12 were privileged to travel to Guatemala and meet Mynor, you all, & the Rhinos!

It is wonderful to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ lived out in tangible ways in the lives of those living, serving & farming in Guatemala!

amanda senea said...

Hi Brock, I am forwarding this onto my church and a few others. I will be getting back to you on it. Sounds like a great family and would love to be able to help them out. Amanda Senea

PS tell your wife to check her email. Thanks.

Kevin said...

How do I order?