Mariana’s childhood interest in coffee transformed into an adulthood passion that became a primary source of income for her family.
As a child, Mariana stumbled upon a few coffee seedlings growing in the brush. She brought them home and planted them on her parent’s farm where she tended to them daily. After finding and planting more coffee trees, her parents saw this skill as a great opportunity for her and gave her a piece of land where she could start her own farm.
She moved the trees she already tended and was given more seedlings to grow. Now, Mariana has increased her farm from just a few trees to more than 470. She sells her harvests to a Westrock-financed washing station where she is paid fairly and promptly. She uses her coffee earnings to look after her family and pay for her three children to attend school.