Maria worked as a farm cook in Nicaragua for many years where she struggled to provide enough resources to care for her family. She knew that her job wasn’t going to be enough for her family long term, so they decided to move to an economically rich community to settle down.
Risking all that she had hoping for a better life, Maria moved her family to Costa Rica. She felt like they were making progress, that is, until her house caught fire. The fire not only consumed their clothes and the roof over their head, but also destroyed their hope for new opportunity.
With nothing to her name, Maria and her children returned to Nicaragua.
Upon arrival to Nicaragua, Maria met a new friend and support, Tierra Nueva community member Pablo Martinez. Their friendship blossomed, and to Maria’s joy, her family was able to join Agros’ Tierra Nueva community in 2012. This meant that her family would have the opportunity to start over with a clean slate!
She was excited about the opportunity, not only improve the quality of life for her children, but also to begin a firm foundation of economic independence for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“When I take my product to market, I do not worry about my children. I know that they are in a safe community with clean water.”
Since joining the Tierra Nueva community, Maria has taken full advantage of any opportunities that come her way. She is now growing vegetables, corn, coffee, and raising chickens.
If you asked Maria her favorite thing about being engaged in Agros’ Tierra Nueva community, she would tell you, “When I take my product to market, I do not worry about my children. I know that they are in a safe community with clean water.”
Becoming a member of Tierra Nueva has significantly improved the quality of life for Maria and her family. The ability to own land and have a safe home means that her kids have a life that she had only previously dreamed of.
Recently, Maria was elected to become the Community Health Promoter. Life for the Martinez family looks remarkably better than it did a few years ago.
Thanks to you, Agros is able to restore hope and opportunity to the world’s poor. It is exciting when we get to see rural poor families own agricultural land, attain economic self-sufficiency, realize their God-given potential, and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish.
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José didn’t know what else he could do.
He spent long days on rented land growing basic grains and scavenging for valuable metals, but at the end of the day he was not able to make ends meet for his three beautiful children and wife of twenty-one years.
Both he and his wife Sara were losing hope for a sustainable future full of opportunity to pass on to their sons and daughters.
Agros’ mission is to restore hope and opportunity to the world’s poor. We strive to see rural poor families own agricultural land, attain economic self-sufficiency, realize their God-given potential, and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish.
In Nicaragua, as well as most other communities in Central and South America, productive land is extremely scarce. It is almost impossible to farm on your own land because it comes at such a premium, and land ownership laws can be prohibitive.
When talking with a close friend, José heard about an opportunity to attain land that he could actually own. His friend mentioned that there was a team in Luz de Mañana called Agros International, who worked with farmers to actually help them gain land.
What do you think José did? He did what any of us would have done. Right away he traveled to Luz de Mañana, Nicaragua, to meet our field staff and learn how he might be able to become part of a future land project.
Agros was happy to partner with José and provide an abundant plot of land that he could use to feed his family and eventually call his own.
José scraped together $150 to get a head start on his land payments. He was provided with 8 acres of rich land by Agros, which he is using to grow plantains, basic grains, beans, and watermelon. For José, this means that for the first time in his life, he has the ability to grow enough food for his family.
Full of hope for the future, José is currently working to setup a more efficient irrigation system for his crops so that he can produce year-round. If all goes as planned, José’s land will produce enough that his family will have plenty of food, and with the extras he can sell his nutrient rich cash crops for income.
“With God’s help, I look forward to the day when I can rejoice because I have paid off my land and my children have a place to live and work.” Sara remarked, “I look forward to owning our land and home. The trust that Agros has placed in us by providing us this opportunity is wonderful."
Because of your partnership with Agros, José is able to do what he needs to do—take care of his family. Soon, José is on his way to becoming a landowner, something he never dreamed would be possible.
With your continued support, others like Jose and Sarah can build a life of hope and success. Please join with us to support these remarkable people.
Meet Danubia, the woman who was elected secretary of the Community Bank at a flourishing Agros village in Brisas del Volcán, Honduras. Danubia is recognized as a visionary leader in her community—one whose smile will light up your world.
In 2010, Danubia and twelve other women started a Community Bank called “Women in Action.” For these twelve women and their community, initiating this start-up was a big step. As they fashioned their business, they gained experience collaborating asa team, saving their profits, and championing income-generating projects for not only themselves but also for their community.
Agros provided Women In Action with educational workshops on how to organize and manage their bank in its daily operations. These women are encouraged by their ability to collaborate for success—so much so that they plan to pool their savings in order to grow their business more hoping that they can continue providing loans for others well into the future. “We have strong support from Agros and our families,” mentioned Danubia. That is what we call investing in your community!
Danubia’s dream of sending her two children to school so that they can begin their own business and farm their own land has become a reality. Danubia’s role as a secretary has provided her a wonderful opportunity to help support their family. “The community bank is an excellent opportunity for us to support our husbands with home expenses,” says Danubia. “I give thanks to God and Agros for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Community Bank.”
Thanks to your efforts, Agros is able to restore hope and opportunity to the world’s poor. It is exciting when we get to see rural poor families own agricultural land, attain economic self-sufficiency, realize their God-given potential, and pass on to future generations the values and resources that enable them to flourish.