Youth leader and secretary of ADIOESMAC Maria Luisa Thiul states, "It is because of all of this that we have been able to increase production and improve the quality of the cacao because we know that the members are already putting into practice what they have learned about the management of the plantations."
In 2017, ADIOESMAC won two Guatemalan awards for their cacao from the Waxaquib Tzikin Association, San Luis Petén and from the Kacaou Farm, Izabal. Then, in 2019, a sample of ADIOESMAC's cocoa was selected as the best cocoa in Guatemala and represented the country at the Paris Cocoa Fair. It was selected as one of the 50 best cocoas worldwide.
"It has been 17 years of effort, dedication and hard work. It is a process that has been carried out in collaboration with many cacao producers, with the goal of improving the lives of all members and their families in the association," says Oscar Pacham.
ADIOESMAC has established a network of youth community trainers who provide support and comprehensive technical assistance to partner families, allowing them to share their agricultural knowledge and the cooperative’s progress. The young leaders of the association are beginning to take the lead on cacao production and processing, an important advance for the sustainability of cacao agriculture.