Thank you for your commitment to the Villa Linda community!
Since this community’s founding in 2006, your steadfast encouragement, financial support and service team participation have helped restore dignity and hope for a better future to families stuck in a vicious, generational cycle of poverty.
Because of your support, today, Villa Linda’s families have food security, their own housing, thriving agriculture-based enterprises, access to clean water and so much more that was only a dream in the past.
In each community Agros helps establish, field staff work alongside families toward the goal of self-sustainability. This past June, after six years of partnership with Agros, Villa Linda graduated from Agros direct support. In this phase of development, the community becomes self-directed, and continues to make progress tapping the knowledge that’s been imparted through years of partnership.
Over the next few years, Agros will maintain contact with Villa Linda leadership, providing encouragement, advice and support as appropriate. During this time, families will apply everything they have learned to maintain strong community leadership, annual planning and personal growth, maintaining income-generating projects and working toward the ultimate goal of paying off their land loans.
You are a valued partner in the Agros mission, and I hope that you will consider engaging with another of our communities in Central America, or supporting an Agros initiative, such as sustainable economic development, that meets critical needs of families across all our communities.
Along with you, I look forward to that day when 100% of Villa Linda’s families receive their titles and are official landowners. I know that the families, who are so grateful for your faithful commitment, would say, “We couldn’t have done it without you!”
Thank you for your continued partnership with Agros and the families in the communities we support. Please stay tuned for new Agros projects through which you can change lives and provide hope for families in Central America!
Feria Chapina Textile Market was held from August 23 -26 at Hollywood Park, in the city of Los Angeles, Ca. The festival had an average of 60 stands with diverse products such as, handicrafts, food, and services, as well as a variety of recreational entertainment surrounding this event. There were about 50,000 Central Americans in attendance.
With the support of the Agexport Craftsmanship Commission, Agros International, and donors to GlobalGiving, the craftsmanship project developing under the brand Concepto Ixil, had the opportunity to participate in Feria Chapina by exhibiting products in a shared stand.
There were a series of preparations for the event, from the organization of sales inventory, advertising, promotion, shipment of merchandise, and travel logistics.
A business conference was held by the Economy of Ministry, and their representatives for the United States, from which the Guatemalan women gained two contacts. The first contact is a travel agency interested in marketing handicrafts through the tourism packages they offer, and commercializing them to markets in Los Angeles. The second contact is an event organizer for Latinos that is hoping to carry out a festival in December, and was looking for other people interested in participating.
The exhibition stand, for sales and promotion was open for three days. Over the course of those three days, the women achieved $1,000.00 of sales from the personal accessories and decor lines that were brought to the exhibit.
After 40 percent of the product was sold, we were able to find a buying agent to represent us in Los Angeles for the 60 percent of remaining product. Many people are interested in being able to obtain the products or have the opportunity to market them. This represents an opportunity for us to gain a market in this area through commercialization.
Thank you for your continued support of Agros communities like Villa Linda in Guatemala! Great things are happening in this community as families break the cycle of poverty and transform their lives through agricultural development and land ownership.
You may notice that this update is formatted slightly differently than others in the past. Due to the additional information that has been added to our reports, they will only come out twice a year. However, we have created a special edition just for those of you who support Agros communities through GlobalGiving – so you will still be getting updates four times a year! The special editions will focus on the latest developments in the community as well as include the story of an Agros community member.
We hope you will enjoy the newest update, and welcome any feedback that you may have. Thank you again for joining with our community members as they journey out of poverty. This would not be possible without your support.