Gloria Mejia

Gloria’s farm was decimated by coffee leaf rust shortly after she took over management. She was very close to giving up on coffee after being unable to produce an exportable bag from her harvest for two years.

Gloria is the owner of a small farm called Las Palmas in the Copan region of Honduras. Gloria and her daughter undertook all of the farm work themselves after her husband severely injured his back. They had no agronomy training or experience in producing coffee which made the appearance of coffee leaf rust all the more devastating.

Gloria was introduced to Westrock associates after a trying two years. Our associates on the ground offered her training through a special agronomy project which included weekly visits from a coffee technical support team to coordinate picking at the farm. Through this program, Gloria was able to rework her farm and bring it back to life. She has since been able to raise her coffee score (based on the SCA cup scoring) and provide extra income throughout harvest for herself and her family. Now they have the skills and knowledge they need to maintain the farm and maximize its potential for seasons to come.