A sustainable business model grows in the Guatemalan rainforest

The small furniture factory, littered with pieces of wood and piles of dust, is unassuming enough, but to the residents of La Carmelita in the Petén region of Guatemala, it represents more than just a workshop.

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    An employee at the furniture workshop at the La Carmelita cooperative in Guatemala. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    La Carmelita is located in El Petén, a popular area with tourists for its spectacular Mayan ruins, like Tikal. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    An employee at the furniture workshop at the La Carmelita cooperative in Guatemala. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    Jorge Sosa of ACOFOP inspects the rainforest in La Carmelita's concession in the El Petén region of Guatemala. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    The furniture workshop of the La Carmelita cooperative in Guatemala. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    One of La Carmelita's environmental engineers inspects the rainforest in the concession. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    The furniture workshop of the La Carmelita cooperative in Guatemala. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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    Jorge Sosa of ACOFOP at one of the sites where La Carmelita has cleared the rainforest for timber. They will allow nature to take its course over the next twenty years at this site to allow the forest to grow back. (Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen/Fox News Latino)
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