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Together we can have a better future and not continue to suffer from extreme poverty. Together we can change our stories to one of hope, improved every day life and prosperity for  ourselves, our families and our beloved communities. 


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ASO-Ixil Coffee Farmer Associates weigh 2016 crop of export grade Arabica coffee beans. Chajul, Guatemala


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ASO-Ixil agronomist Henry Caba and assistant Rigo Gallego confirm: This coffee is healthy with no disease, and heavy production of Arabica coffee cherries is expected in November 2016 . Elevations of 6500 feet and organic soil produce the some of the best coffee in the world! Chel, Guatemala



Only 15% of the coffee berry actually ends up making your morning cup of coffee.  After being hand picked and hand sorted, these ripe coffee berries go through a “pulpero” that removes the fleshy cherry from the inner bean.

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ASO-Ixil non-profit Farmers Association Agronomist and Production Manager, Henry Caba, prepares a sample of coffee beans of 2015 crop to be roasted and cupped for scores that help determine selling price.. Chajul, Guatemala


Go to the ASO-Ixil website to learn more about organically grown coffee and the farmers who make your cup of coffee taste so GOOD! Contact Henry Caba, ASO-Ixil coffee production manager for more information about the ASO-Ixil chemical-free organically grown arabica coffee grown at 6500 feet in the region of Chajul, Guatemala.

ASO-Ixil non profit Association will have excellent export grade Arabica coffee available for the 2016-17 crop. Contact Henry Caba at:


ASO-Ixil Production Manager Henry Caba works with the Chel Coffee Farmers to construct a commercial size worm farm that will provide organic fertilizer for the ASO-Ixil coffee farmers.  Chel, Guatemala



Maya Ixil women gather to weave bracelets.  The beautifully designed blouses and skirts are woven on backstrap looms in patterns and symbols handed down through the generations. AME-Ixil  The Women’s Entrepreneur non-profit Association, Chajul, Guatemala.

For information regarding Maya Ixil textiles and baskets please contact Manuel Laynez

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ASO-Ixil and Bright Star Philanthropy Partners sponsored tournament team

ASO-Ixil and Bright Star Philanthropy Partners sponsored tournament team


ASO-Ixil Youth Competition Team Sponsored by Fred and John Bourque, Coeur d Alene Idaho

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Thurston County uniforms and cleats delivered to the container ship office in Los Angles

Jerseys are the ticket to play.The ASO-Ixil Youth Leadership Development Soccer/Futbol Program this fall includes youth from 168 families thanks to the generosity of the Thurston County soccer community who donated jerseys and cleats to Wembley’s Soccer Shop in Olympia, Washington,  who added samples, and their own contributions.

 Expression of community empowerment 

Soccer can change lives and transform communities for the better. Organized with leadership development at its core, soccer equips the young people with life and leadership skills to make a change in their communities. Many have faced a life of hardship, but have excelled in social responsibility and community engagement. Soccer can change lives and transform communities for the better.


Team Captains of ASO-Ixil /Wembley sponsored youth development teams

 Leveraging the playing field: how soccer can promote leadership development. 

New leaders are emerging with soccer as a catalyst for responsibility, leadership development and social change. Soccer is more than just a game and a multi-billion dollar industry, there is arguably no social phenomenon with the same power to inspire, unite and connect as soccer. As a global language, soccer can provide an incredibly effective and cost-efficient way to engage young people in communities with scarce resources.




Jerseys and shorts donated by Thurston County soccer community and Wembley Soccer Shop

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Maya Ixil Youth Leadership Development 

  • Sports: soccer, volley ball, basketball
  • Academics: Chess Club, Business and Agriculture
  • Community Service
  • Spiritual Harmony
  • Job Skills: Entrepreneur, Business and Agriculture


  • to develop integrated leadership qualities in youth to prepare them for Maya Ixil leadership


  • Age 12 to 19, who have dropped out of school in order to work to help their families.
  • Speak the local indigenous language of Maya Ixil
  • Are orphans or come from families in extreme poverty

Sponsored by ASO-Ixil, a Maya Ixil Non-profit Association of Farmers in Chajul, Guatemala.

We are a legally formed Non-profit Association of Ixil Maya.  Our Association is not political. Ninety two Association members live in 7 villages in the three municipalities of the Ixil Maya region of the northern highlands of Guatemala. Our main activity focuses on the production of quality organic coffee. Other activities are dedicated to food security through the production of vegetables, a women’s textile cooperative and increasing the social welfare of the Ixil Maya.


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ASO-Ixil Farmers Association, Chajul, Guatemala

ASO-Ixil Farmers Association, Chajul, Guatemala

“We are happy to achieve the goal but the truth is that it is a new experience and takes a lot of courage to be living this dream.” “We are Maya Ixil. Our home and community is Chajul, el Quiche, Guatemala. We are childhood friends who started planning for a farmers’ co-op when we were 8 years old.”

“We are now 34. Our dream was born in the year that we sat by the river bank, in a high mountain jungle, and started our planning with how to survive the armed conflict raging in our home town, and for a way to get enough food for children and old people. Our childhood dreams for the farmers’ association for Maya Ixil are now a reality.  ASO-Ixil Non-Profit Farmer’s Association

In 2011 Manuel Laynez Anay and Henry Caba Escobar, started the organizational work of forming a non-profit association for economic improvement, to eliminate malnutrition in the Ixil area of Guatemala, support well- being, and create job opportunities in the Maya Ixil region. They wanted to create opportunities that their parents did not have. As young people their parents were organized with a similar vision, but armed conflict prevented their achievement. They were afraid to follow their dream. They were forced from their lands where they had worked and harvested a variety of agricultural products by the fear of being beheaded, burned, hanged, shot or in every sense of the word, massacred. They fled to the jungle mountains to hide, all as a result of the internal armed conflict. One misfortune of all this is that there were many young orphans without schooling and no government support and nongovernmental organizations to support the people.

  • Manuel Laynez Anay’s father was killed in the genocide massacres. During the armed conflict, Henry Caba’s father was forced by the Guatemalan army to collect bodies of the Ixil Mayans and bury them in mass pits. 


Lauire Levinger, published author

Laurie Levinger, retired social worker living and writing in Vermont, between her travels to Guatemala and Spain. Laurie’s website has information about her other books, videos, and on-line testimonies. Laurie’s website

Guerra inconclusa: La voz de los sobrevivientes (Unfinished War: The Voice of the Survivors) by Laurie Levinger is a book of testimonies published in Guatemala in September 2015 (in Spanish). The book is a collection of 30 verbatim testimonies from 2005–2013. Guatemalans from many different parts of the country, from different language groups and of different ages contributed their personal stories. The book is in Spanish and is available by emailing the publisher Editorial Maya Na’oj:Sr Daniel Much,  In December 2015 books can be ordered by emailing laurie levinger:

Bright Star Grant Consultants, Inc. serves a wide variety of clients on a global scale. For more information about our services and Bright Star Philanthropy Partner’s initiative in Central America, please contact us at: Janet @

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