Life in a Guatemalan Village
Yepocapa, Chimaltenango – Guatemala is a bustling little town. With one major road running through it that connects the western side of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountain range with the pacific coast. I called Yepocapa home for three months as I worked on Siglo: A Century in The Soil alongside Director of Photography, Sarah Schwab and our crew. While “Yepo” hosts families from the entire region for it’s daily street market, we spent the majority of our time out in the fields with local small-plot coffee farmers (Campesinos/sinas) who are part of the San Pedrana Cooperativa. The coffee trade is a changing industry in Guatemala, and while I won’t go into detail (you can watch the film for that!), suffice to say it’s a complicated situation. Blessed with high altitude, cool temps, and an endless supply of fresh volcanic soil thanks to Volcan De Fuego, the farmers here enjoy perfect coffee growing conditions. Here’s just a few of my favorites of day to day life.