Members – 800 members in 8 municipalities– 1,552 Members in 7 municipalities
Elevation – between 1,000 and 1300 meters
Established – 2001
Yachil Xojobal Chulchan means “New light in the sky” in the native Tzeltal language. Founded in 2001, Yachil groups together indigenous Tzotzil and Tezetal Mayan farmers from 7 different municipalities throughout the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. In 2001, Yachil began to organize its first members with 383 producers from the municipalities of Chilon, Pantelho and San Juan Cancuc. In 2003 Yachil sold its first container to Germany, and in 2004 they sold just over 2 containers to Germany and into the US.
They currently are comprised of over 800 members in eight municipalities. Members of this Zapatista coffee cooperative have formed their own local Indigenous governments, which focus on community development efforts to promote democracy, equality, and empowerment. Members do not accept government aid. Over the last decade members of Yachil have suffered repression at the hands of government security forces and the paramilitary. Many members and their families have been forced to flee their communities as internal refugees and they continue to be victims of oppression, intimidation, and even assassination.