Economic autonomy and the well-being of the family are two of the engines for Alba Mejía, 43, a native in the canton of Intag. She has not stopped planting Arabica coffee since she started about 15 years ago. "It is necessary to clean the land and prepare for sowing, (...) the harvest depends on the climatic conditions and the care we give to avoid pests and plant diseases," she tells Rikolto.
Producing and selling quality coffee is a something Alba is proud of, and she puts a lot of efforts in this. Equally important to her is belonging to an association that motivates her to improve and that helps her in commercialising her product. That is why she joined the Agricultural Artisan Association of Coffee Growers by the Intag River (AACRI), one of the oldest coffee organisations in the country and a Rikolto partner in this excellent coffee producing area.