Meet the Team
Guatemalans Helping Guatemalans
Each year Cultiva hosts many humanitarian groups in Guatemala who help us install garden boxes and do other important projects to move our work forward. But you don’t eradicate poverty or change the life of a family by swooping in today and disappearing tomorrow. The core work of Cultiva is done day in and day out by local Guatemalans. These are the people who are in the field every day — teaching classes and mentoring families who are going through our programs.
Meet the team! Click on any of the photos below to learn more about each person.
Juan Cosigua is our Director of Operations. He is from Panajachel, and is in charge of training our beneficiaries, coordinating and supervising everything Cultiva does in the field. Juan speaks four Mayan languages and Spanish. He is Cutiva’s first employee and an essential part of our team.
MJ keeps Cultiva running. From making sure we abide by all the rules for NGO in Guatemala, to logistical details for groups, Cultiva wouldn’t keep working if MJ were gone.
Juana Cumes is originally from San José Chacayá and she is our amazing Operations and Administrative Assistant. Juanita speaks five languages including English, she assists Juan and MJ with all the work from both Operations and Administrative. Juanita is also a mom and an amazing support to Cultiva, she actually started as one of our beneficiaries and through all the visits, we recognized her amazing talent.
Juan Molina is the other gardener we have. He is also the oldest member of our team. As Cultiva, we take pride in hiring people based on their skills, and he really is amazing taking care of our garden boxes.
Rosa Pocop is one of Casa Cultiva’s housekeepers. She is from Panajachel and does an amazing job assisting our co-founder Lucy with the organization and general maintenance of Casa Cultiva, which is the place where we receive our volunteers. Also, Rosita is very skillful making beautiful crafts, such as the pens we give our Volunteers as a present.