Agros International

Agros exists to see rural poor families in developing nations attain economic self-sufficiency, cultivate a livelihood and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish.
Aug 20, 2014

Village Planning for Tierra Nueva, Nicaragua

Each year, every Agros community undergoes a participatory planning process that involves the community members and Agros staff. Please click on the attached document to view the full community plan for Tierra Nueva. There are many exciting activities and developments that we can't wait to share with you, including plans to build new preschool classrooms, a middle school, and housing for teachers. And thanks to a growing partnership with local government, plans are under way to develop a health center. Without you, this would not be possible. Thank you for your continued support!

 

As always, you can learn more about Agros International and the amazing people we work with by visiting our website: www.agros.org, or by finding us on Facebook.


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Aug 20, 2014

Bella Vista Village Planning

Each year every Agros community undergoes a period of planning. This is a participatory process in which community members gather and, with the help of Agros staff, decide which goals to strive towards as a community. Following is the new community plan developed for Bella Vista, Honduras, organized to align with the main components of the Agros model. (The full village plan is attached to this report.)

 

Overview Goal: To help 32 families sustainably move out of poverty.

MARKET-LED AGRICULTURE

Goal 1: Families have diversified their crops and improved their competencies and skills to manage climate and market risks.

Activities:

  • Families apply sustainable production practices, improve their yields of basic crops, and diversify cash crops
  • Technical support is provided to successfully maintain the production of coffee, passion fruit, and cacao
  • Families continue to adjust their farm plans to incorporate and respond to the opportunities of the prioritized markets following training on marketing and channels of commercialization
  • Families increase yields, stabilize their production and store it under appropriate conditions
  • Families learn to identify opportunities in the market to sell their surpluses
  • Families plant variety selected based on yield and consumer preference and apply best practice agronomic techniques
  • Families develop a farm plan, which includes the sustainable management of land and water resources, and the acquisition of new land, as needed
  • Families participate in farm schools to improve their agronomic practices in the cultivation of coffee, passion fruit and cacao

 

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Goal 1: Families develop financial and organizational competencies.

Activities:

  • Producers keep accounting records after receiving training in financial, organizational, and basic aspects of marketing
  • Families receive financial and business education on topics such as basic math, family budgeting, and the importance of saving
  • Staff prepares a more advanced curriculum for financial and business education and begins to teach it in the community as producers are ready
  • Community members begin to establish credit relationships with outside organizations including accessing financing with suppliers in the region
  • Agros begins to establish a system of credit reference so that families have access to open bank accounts
  • Agros continues to provide training and support for the community bank

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Goal 1: Families reduce the incidence of preventable diseases in kids younger than 2 years old, and pregnant and lactating mothers.

Activities:

  • The community leaders develop basic competency for counseling on health and nutrition, and the management of basic health cases
  • Families improve their hygiene within their home by using latrines
  • Families participate in the implementation of nutrition, health and equity plans by attending trainings about the nutritional value and caloric contents of food and the creation of family gardens with diversified plants that meet a wider variety of nutritional needs

Goal 2: The community coordinates with governmental organizations responsible for health, nutrition and safety.

  • The community adopts national strategies and designs communal plans

 

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Jun 25, 2014

Staff Field Update: Maria del Carmen

Carmen is a health promoter in Tierra Nueva
Carmen is a health promoter in Tierra Nueva

In order for donors to Agros villages to get a better sense of the impact they are having on the lives of people there, we periodically lead groups on vision or service trips. On these trips, the groups spend time with community members, hearing their stories and often participating in the daily life of families.

One recent trip was a Women’s Vision Trip, made up of a group of women who support communities in Nicaragua, or who are exploring ways to support them. Our colleague, Emily, led the trip, and it was her first time to see the newest village, Tierra Nueva, which is home to 150 families (about 750 people). Here are a few of her comments:

Now I know what all of the fuss has been about with this Tierra Nueva place! Wow. It is amazing! I didn’t want to leave. As we drove in this morning, Oscar (our bus driver) pointed out where the property line started and soon to our right we saw San Benito on the hill across the valley and moments later pulled into Las Cuarenta. It felt like the combination of all of the good things I have seen throughout other Agros villages blended into one community. The gardens stood out to me right away – what care families have taken to decorate their property – it showed to me dignity and pride in where they live.

Our first stop was Carmen’s home, a short and gorgeous walk up the path from the school past multiple homes with gardens that were drawing me in, asking me to sit and be and have a cup of coffee – I wished that I had time to do just that in every home with every person I saw but no, not today and so I carried on to the home of someone I will now admire forever. Carmen is a health promoter in Tierra Nueva and lights up a room! Her eyes are wide and bright, and with dimples deep she smiled with pride telling us about her children and her work as a health promoter and her role as the VP of the community board, and the list goes on. Her care for the people of her community is outstanding and extends beyond what she signed up for because she can’t stop caring and serving and advocating for those that don’t yet know how to do so for themselves. What a rock.

The people who live in Agros communities are incredibly inspiring. Thank you for being a part of their lives through your generous support.

Learn more about the impact Agros is making in Honduras by visiting agros.org.

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