The Way Back to Yarasquin

SUMMARY: The story of one woman’s journey to reconnect with her native origins and the unexpected path that changed a whole community through the local commodity: coffee.

Mayra Orellana-Powell grew up in a rural mountain village in Honduras. Her childhood resembled many other children, growing-up in a remote area of a developing country, except for one thing: Mayra’s determined spirit.
When she moved to the U.S. to continue her education and opportunities, Mayra struggled to stay connected to her family and culture. Then, when hit by the death of her closest family members in quick succession, she was devastated and felt lost. On a journey to reconnect with her childhood and home, Mayra finds herself on a path of self-discovery to ultimately uncover her greatest passion and purpose.
Growing up in a community of coffee farmers, Mayra’s connection to coffee is natural. Seeing the unstable economic condition of coffee farmers in her hometown and the vicious cycle of predatory loans, Mayra catches a vision of her life’s calling. Against all odds, she goes on to create an unprecedented opportunity for farmers to import high-quality, award-winning specialty coffee to the US, resulting in double and triple profits for farmers, growing sense of pride, and increasing empowerment among people who should be recognized for the hard work they put in to bring us a delicious cup of coffee.

An inspirational story of overcoming personal struggles to create a better world for others.

A film by Sarah Gerber and Twenty Twenty Studios.

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