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Xapontic is a project associated with the cooperative Ts'umbal Xitalha' in the state of Chiapas in Mexico, that produces organic coffee and honey and develops projects with the communities to add value to these products, and last year began the production of honey soap. Xapontic in Tzeltal Mayan language means "Our soap" and is a symbol of ownership of the product.
Xapontic is a project aimed at producing artisan soap in several communities. For these communities, the most important sources of income are the production of coffee beans and honey. The project began last year by commercializing soap of artisan production (made from honey and oats), this generates new income opportunities for the families in the communities through the diversification of the goods sold and produced. In this way, honey would no longer be sold solely as a raw material but would be used to produce a product of higher aggregate value. Honey soap is produced mostly by women, who work together as a team and benefit equally from the goods produced. In other words, the business project does not belong to a single person; it belongs to the whole community.
We only remain as intermediaries through the whole project, working as a bridge between the urban market and the rural communities; and as an advising team for the establishment and growth of the project.