Global Leadership Awards
Growing up in war-torn Guatemala City convinced Maria Pacheco that she would heal the earth by moving to the mountains and becoming an organic farmer. For a time, that’s what she did.
Hearing of this woman and her expertise, farmers from a nearby village asked her for help with their parched and sloping hillsides. Maria discovered that the land was inarable and its indigenous people were desperate for a way to provide for their families.
It wasn’t long before she found herself on a mission to bring prosperity to communities that others had long forgotten. Maria created Kiej de Los Bosques (Friend of the Trees), a company through which she connects local weavers and artisans to