• Producteur: Randolfo Pacheco
  • Colis Resistencia, of which Randolfo Pacheco is a part, is a group including coffee producers from the indigenous Guatemalan Xinca community. A Canadian company is currently violating the rights of this community in direct violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), to operate a mine located on their territory (approximately 250 acres of former agricultural land) and destroying their immediate natural environment, their vital element, for several years.

  • The Xinca resistance is currently fighting against one of the largest silver mining companies in the world, but the results are: influence peddling due to consultations in court without the presence of the Xinca parliament, the kidnapping of their leaders by the government itself, the major and illegal insufficiency of soil sampling, in relation to the extractive license for a project of this magnitude, denoted by more than 280 complaints filed with the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and many other machinations putting the Xinca people at risk of losing all social support.

  • In addition to the obstacles that small producers in the region already face regarding the impacts of climate change and the unsustainable financial compromises due to the corruption that reigns in the institutions controlling the Guatemalan coffee market, there's also the consequent pollution, discrimination and criminality.

    Resistance leaders and members who publicly and peacefully oppose the mine are at enormous risk of reprisals.

  • Several of them have suffered suspicious attacks, and have recently been victims of violence involving kidnappings, armed attacks and killings by the authorities themselves. “Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for environmental activists”, “environmental defense has become a suicidal mission in many parts of the world […]” (Linthicumstaff, 2017, para. 6 and 8). In 2021, 157 environmental defenders were killed in Latin America according to the non-profit organization Global Witness.

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The people of Colis Resistencia are experiencing enormous stress seeing their territorial rights violated and their history censored.

We will continue to share their story and buy their coffee, year after year, as long as we can, the situation is not resolved and they need buyers.

As a consumer, buying their coffee means immediately participating in the increase in purchasing volumes and, by the same token, participating in the economic and solidarity effort with this group as a means of countering this mining project and its devastating impacts on the life of this community.

Resilience, perseverance and patience. This is what characterizes this incredible person, whom we are committed to supporting, by offering him a platform to talk about the fight he is leading within Colis Resistencia.

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