We at Agros are so grateful for your continued support of Agros villages in Nicaragua like Futuro del Mañana.
We are happy to share with you the Winter 2011 update for the Agros Nicaragua community of Futuro del Mañana. The update is also available on the Agros website at http://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/FuturodelManana.pdf. The report discusses initiatives your support has enabled, like the families’ efforts at crop diversification and improvements to the irrigation system that they recently made. Although the community has faced many challenges, these families are still determined to work their way out of poverty. In addition to these more recent updates, the report also features Annual Indicators that are used to measure the progress of the village over time, so that you can track the community's journey.
As always, we’d welcome any feedback you may have about these reports. Thanks again for your partnership in helping families to escape the cycle of generational poverty in Nicaragua!
Whilst visiting the rural villages in the mountains of Guatemala it was very evident to see first hand the vast improvement to general village living standards through Agros’ relationship with GlobalGiving. This was physically evident through the construction of educational facilities, a basketball court which doubles as a meeting area, corn grinder and greenhouse just to name a few.
Agricultural development techniques implemented like the greenhouse create more effective crops. One season the produce cultivated was worth US$300. After the installation of the greenhouse the following season from the same amount of seeding the crop took in US$4000. This money goes back to the families to improve their living standards.
Children receive free schooling from age 1-6 in Guatemala, however high school attendance rate is dramatically less than primary school due to the tradition of children helping their families/elders working and farming the crops. Since Agros has joined the community there has been an approximate increase in attendance of 1-6 yr level students from 5% to 85%. Agros is trying to increase the high school attendance, which has proven to be difficult ‘breaking the mould’ due to traditional village life and customs for generations. They have created financial scholarship initiatives where families will receive monetary rewards for their children receiving an education instead of working in the fields. This system has had promising results so far.
Agros has a very successful business relationship selling the delicious snow peas to Costco for sale in the UK through Marks and Spencer. In the past only corn and beans were grown by the villagers for consumption. Agros has created the ability to work, earn an income and empowered the villagers with there own hands to build a stronger community and future for the next generations.
The Ixil region, which is one of two, operated by Agros consists of 11 villages, 40 communities equaling approximately 22,000 people. The relationship began in 1989. It was a true pleasure being hosted by Agros and I can attest to the fantastic work they have done through the donations received through GlobalGiving. Please continue to support this worthy cause.
By Scott Duncan
On behalf of the women of Central America who benefit from your support, thank you! Your partnership makes a tremendous difference in the lives of women as they work to launch small businesses to earn additional income for their families.
Thanks to generous supporters like you, a remarkable $44,202 has been contributed toward this project. Of course, it's really what that money translates to that matters - upwards of 368 women have been able to start small businesses thanks to the funds you’ve provided! And by investing in women, you've invested not only in their own capabilities, but also their families and larger communities.
Attached, please find the story of Doña Arminda and ten other women in her community of Nueva Primavera, Guatemala. With her loan she was able to open a general store to provide supplies for her community and other surrounding ones. She and the other women have also participated in workshops and trainings that maximize their ability to create profitable projects like candle-making.
Please share with us any feedback you might have about this update. If you'd like any additional information or have suggestions for future updates, also feel free to contact us.
As always, we are so grateful for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.