Investing in a Better Future
Many of the coffee communities in which we work lack food security and education programs.
Gento invests 10% of profits directly back into the rural communities in which we work. Many of these coffee communities lack food security and education programs, so we partner with organizations and implement projects that help sustain future generations of empowered farmers and artisans.
Our primary initiatives focus on scholarships for young women, as well as food security and education programs that create sustainable impact.
2023 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Wendy Roxana Churunel
We're delighted to announce we've added a new student to sponsor for 2023, Wendy Roxana Churunel. She will start her Basic studies in first grades at the Institute of Basic Education by Cooperativa in the same community, Sololá. Wendy's biggest dream is to continue her studies and become a doctor to specialize in providing better health services to indigenous people.
2022 Scholarship winner
Jacqueline Fernanda Tuj Ixmatá
Jacqueline Fernanda Tuj Ixmata, 14 years old from San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, lives with her grandmother and finished 9th grade this year. We are absolutely delighted to sponsor Jacqueline to continue her education. Through our partners, Mayan Hands, we sponsor one selected recipient each year to continue their education. We remain Jacqueline's (and past students) sponsor until their education has been completed. This scholarship program continues to grow, allowing girls such as Jacqueline to graduate high school within lower-income areas of Guatemala.
We believe education is the ultimate form of empowerment. In a country where over 70% of the population lives in poverty, and only 60% of children finish 6th grade, receiving opportunities to get an education make a big difference.
Most children want to finish school, but, due to a lack of funds to purchase school supplies and economic hardships at home, are forced to go to work at an early age. This continues the cycle of poverty. Through Gento’s Giving Back program, we sponsor scholarships for young girls and boys in the communities from which we source.
Food Security and Nutrition
In Guatemala, half of all children under 5 are chronically malnourished. And the underlying cause is that families lack resources to produce or buy foods that meet basic nutritional needs and information on healthy feeding practices for infants and children.
We partner with organizations to promote sustainable agricultural practices and teach small-scale farmers how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for their families. Our goal is for these families to have access to sufficient and nutritious food year-round.
Through workshops and one-one training, we educate farmers on quality control, traceability, marketing, and sustainability. Gento even connects farmers to better markets. We believe that empowered farmers creating a sustainable living will have a direct impact on future generations.