From the field to the hands of a mother in Miami, the incredible journey of Guatemalan roses


Women grow roses to sell in Miami, USA.

Photo: Manuel Aguilera / Courtesy

In the house of Guatemalan Ingrid Domínguez, located in Hialeah Gardens in Miami-Dade County, a dozen red roses shine as protagonists on Mother’s Day. Her daughter Ingrid brought them, also born in Guatemala but living in Miami since she was a baby. Ingrid excitedly told her mother that the flowers are from Guatemala, the country in which they were both born, and her mother, excited, hugged her.

From the field to the hands of a mother in Miami, the incredible journey of Guatemalan roses
Women sell roses on Mother’s Day. Photo: Manuel Aguilera.

Ingrid’s house in Miami is the last stop on the journey of these red rosess that began days before at Finca El Pilar, in San Juan Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. There he grows Eduardo Raxón roses with his wife and his son. Eduardo is a clear case of rural entrepreneurship. Just 5 years ago, his job was to feed the chickens on a colonel’s farm.

Today it has 12 employees and has managed to convince the company Primarossa to buy its production for export to the US. Both Eduardo and his wife María Leonarda are happy that their roses are exported to the US. especially this time of Mother’s Day. The flower industry in Guatemala generates 15,000 jobs and a business of 120 million dollars.

The documentary “The Land of Flowers”, produced by Naranja Media, has followed the trail of these flowers from Guatemala to the US as an excuse to document the progress that this type of crop is bringing to the area of ​​San Juan Sacatepéquez, some 16 miles from the capital. From La Finca El Pilar, producers like Eduardo are being helped to set up agricultural projects, connect with companies. In short, to organize yourself to be more attractive.

From the field to the hands of a mother in Miami, the incredible journey of Guatemalan roses
Families work growing roses and selling them in the US Photo: Manuel Aguilera.

This movement has also brought with it the empowerment of women. As in the case of Ana María, who begins the task of growing flowers every day. At 7:00 am, at a stop for breakfast, she remembers, along with her mother and her sisters, the figure of her father. It all started with him and now, after praying for him, they tell with emotion that they have created a cooperative to, together with other producers in the San Juan Sacatepéquez area, export their chrysanthemums to the US. It will be in November. God willing her, as she likes to repeat.

From the field to the hands of a mother in Miami, the incredible journey of Guatemalan roses
Women work in the cultivation of roses. Photo: Manuel Aguilera.

In the El Tablón area, women can also be seen working in the fields. Yojana Pirir, the women’s coordinator who works there, tells us that in terms of performance they have nothing to envy the group of men. Alicia and Griselda tell during their lunch break that although the work is hard and the day long, it compensates them and they earn more than in their previous jobs, one as a waitress and the other with fabrics, making garments at home.

The production that goes to the United States ends up at the Primarossa company in the Chimaltenango area. There the flowers undergo an exhaustive inspection and are put into boxes to be sent by ship or plane to Miami. With loud music playing in the background, their workers redouble their efforts so that the flowers for American mothers arrive on time.

From the field to the hands of a mother in Miami, the incredible journey of Guatemalan roses
Flowers are exported from Guatemala to the United States. Photo: Manuel Aguilera.

Among the employees is Camilo Sarmiento, who is its operations manager. Camilo comes from Colombia, a country famous worldwide for the quality of his roses. However, Sarmiento assures that “the Guatemalan rose has nothing to envy the Colombian one.

Containers arrive at the port of Miami full of boxes with Guatemalan roses inside. The company The Queen of Flowers, next to the airport, is in charge of receiving them and sending them to the point of sale in Miami, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. From the land that Eduardo Raxón works in Guatemala to the hands of Ingrid in Miami, the journey of the roses of Guatemala has as a background stories of success, overcoming and empowerment.

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Source-laopinion.com