The Ixil Region
The Ixil region of northern Guatemala is a coffee-growing community rebuilding after Guatemala's civil war. The war so devastated the region that over half the population of San Gaspar Chajul was decimated. Formerly made up of subsistence farmers, the allure of cash for coffee drove farmers away from the ancient agricultural practices that made their lands plentiful. Now over 90% of the people live in poverty.