Stories | Guatemala & Coffee

“A Land of Eternal Spring”
Guatemala 2005-present

On December 29, 1996, President in office Alvaro Arzú brought an end to the 36-year civil war, by meeting the URNG guerrilla leaders and working towards a final settlement to the Peace Accords (a conflict that claimed almost 150,000 lives and left another 50,000 “disappeared”). Guatemala is a typical example of a country where globalization and population have impacted all corners of society. It is a country where people struggle to hold on to their indigenous and religious roots, while others integrate into the capitalist society, working as full-fledged civil servants or as migrant workers.