Coffee Economics in Guatemala


The Problem.

As coffee prices have dropped in recent years, economic pressures on Guatemalans have triggered mass migration to the United States.  Hundreds of thousands make the dangerous journey only to be apprehended at the U.S. border or live a shadow life as non-citizens.

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Our Solution.

Thrive Farmers coffee company shares more revenue with Guatemalan farmers - allowing farming families to support themselves year in and year out. Their farmers see an average increase of 350% in their net income and often invest this new wealth in their communities.

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Past Events


Coffee with Ambassador Manuel Espina


On January 8, 2020, key stakeholders gathered at the Embassy of Guatemala in D.C. to discuss the Thrive Farmers and ThriveWorx innovation.


Thrive Farmers President, Tom Matthesen

On November 8, 2018, Thrive Farmers President, Tom Matthesen, received the Celebrating American Ideas Award at the 5th annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship.

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Recent Posts

How your cup of coffee helps farmers build a better life

BY SEAN WARD | Full Article at The Chicken Wire By the time Michael Jones was 16, he knew exactly what he wanted in life: to be on the Inc. 500 list – a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. By the time he was 35, the healthcare company he founded, […]

Why This Man Gave Up His $40M Company To Fix Coffee

BY HOLLIE SLADE| Full Article at Fortune Magazine “When I was a teenager I thought that money, fame and success would be the solution to everything,” says Michael Jones. A serial entrepreneur in his mid-40s, Jones founded Implantable Provider Group in 2004, a healthcare company that buys medical implants like pacemakers, gives them to hospitals and […]

Equity for Coffee Farmers

BY JENNIFER ALSEVER Full Article at Fortune Magazine Atlanta coffee company Thrive brewed up strong results in 2015. Demand from corporate customers, including Chick-fil-A, percolated, putting Thrive on pace to generate $20 million in revenue for the year. But the four-year-old roaster doesn’t reap all the rewards. It shares half its sales with the guys at […]

Interview with Mike Mannina (ThriveWorx)

What if we told you that the cup of coffee in your hand provided the opportunity to put a Bible in the hands of children in communities across the world? For eight weeks this summer, WinShape Camps will be making this idea a reality for coffee farming communities across Costa Rica through its new partnerships […]