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CCDA Introduction


The CCDA originated in March, 1982, during worst period of the Guatemalan Cicialthe war, in San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Its original name was The Peasant Committee for the Defense of the Highlands.

Like other social organizations, many of its members were kidnapped, killed, or sent into exile by the governments who were against social movements and human rights. For this reason, the CCDA changed its name to the Peasant Committee of the Highlands (Comité Campesino del Altiplano) and started working underground until 1988. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that the committee started working in a formal and legal manner.

The CCDA is an organization that fights for the improvement of the living conditions of the indigenous farmers by seeking a global change in the social, economic and political spheres, and for the respect of the cultures, ethnicity, language(s), traditions and territories of these peoples.

We associate social and collective economic projects to our mission with the purpose of improving the conditions of the communities and their autonomy, using the production of Café Justicia as a means by which to achieve these goals.

In this manner, the CCDA, in its fight against inequality and poverty, places political activism at the center of its activities.

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