La Sierra del Merendón is a beautiful mountain chain that extends on the eastern border of Guatemala and Honduras. Its south-western border is marked by the Lempa River valley, its northern border by the Motagua River valley. The mountain range has several different biomes and habitats, including cloud forests with its highest point at the elevation of 2,400m (7,874 ft).
The main sources of income for the families living in El Merendón Mountains are the coffee plantation and vegetables crops. Even though the farmers pride themselves with the usage of organic techniques for the growth of their coffee and vegetables, their efforts of conserving their environment and producing quality products barely give them enough income to feed their family.
The majority of the communities can only be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles. Their access to health services is very limited and their public education ends with 6th grade.
For several years, CAFE recognized the gloom outlook for the people of El Merendón Mountains and in 2009 started the scholarship program to benefit rural communities of El Perú, Peñitas Arriba, San Antonio, Berlín I, Berlín II, Suyapita , and Las Crucitas I. These communities are benefited in two ways; first, by being selected to receive scholarships from our scholarship program, we educate their children, and second, by choosing the coffee they produce as our ongoing fundraising tool, we stimulate their local economy and increase their margin of profit.
Our commitment is to help Honduran children to fulfill their dreams of education in order to break the poverty cycle that has existed for generations.