Asproguate has 15 "inspectors" who are trained by a head agronomist to work with farmers in three different regions of Guatemala: Coban, San Martin, and Acatenango. The inspectors conduct trainings for farmers 14-16 times per year, mostly supporting their FTO certification but also supporting them to start small side businesses, like shampoo and clothing lines, using resources available on their parcelas. These inspectors also deliver fertilizers to produers and collect cherries. After Asproguate collects cherries they depulp them and ferment them at their own wet mills before delivering them to their partner Dinamica for dry milling and export.
Each year, Asproguate holds one major assembly where 4-5 representatives from each community come together to vote on how to use their Fair Trade premium. Roughly 260 members vote during this assembly. The rest of the year, a board of eight farmer representatives, the lead agronomist of NGO, and the leader of the NGO collectively govern Asprogute's operations.
This unique model has helped Asprogaute scale its farmer training outreach, improving livelihoods and coffee quality at the same time.