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 22, 2011

Update - Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

Thank you for your continued support of Agros communities like Villa Linda in Guatemala!

We are excited to share with you the Spring 2011 update for the community of Villa Linda.  This update is also available on our website at http://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/VillaLinda.pdf. The report highlights some of the opportunities and challenges that the community faces. You'll also learn about all of the agricultural production that Bernardo, one of the community leaders, is currently working on.  Thanks to your support, families like Bernardo's in Guatemala have been empowered to work their way out of poverty.

In addition to these more recent updates, the report also features annual indicators that track the progress of the village over time, so that you can follow 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 Guatemala!


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Aug 22, 2011

Update: Sustainbility for Nicaraguan Farmers

Thank you for your ongoing support of Agros villages in Nicaragua like Futuro del Mañana. This update is also available on the Agros website at http://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/FuturodelManana.pdf.

We are especially happy to share with you the Spring 2011 update for Futuro del Mañana because this is actually the last update that will feature this community!  Thanks to the support of generous people like you, Futuro del Mañana has reached the point of self-sustainbility and will no longer receive direct support from Agros. Community members even held a land title ceremony to celebrate that they have paid off their land loans and now own the land themselves!  Though we'll still be keeping in contact with Futuro del Mañana, your funds will go to support other communites in need in Nicaragua.  You'll begin receiving information about some of these other communities in future updates.

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!

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Jun 24, 2011

Update: Economic Independence for Women

Your overwhelming support of this project is amazing!  Thank you all for your partnership, which truly benefits women and their families living in rural poverty in Central America. These women not only launch small businesses to earn additional income for their families, but also gain an incredible amount of hope and confidence knowing that others have invested in their success. 

Thanks to generous supporters like you, a remarkable $45,933 has been contributed toward this project.  It’s a powerful number.  But even more powerful is what that that money translates into – 383 women have been able to start small businesses thanks to the funds you’ve provided!  And by partnering with these women, you've invested not only in their own capabilities, but also ensured a brighter future for their families and larger communities. 

Attached, please find the story of Maria Griselda.  Maria lives in Cajixay, in the remote western highlands of Guatemala.  This region has some of the highest poverty rates in the world, and at one point her family lost everything as a result of widespread guerrilla violence in the region. But today Maria is one of the leaders of her Community Bank, and with her loan she has been able to open a general store and participate in a pea growing contract.  

Read Maria’s story, and please share with us any feedback you might have about this update.

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support of Agros’ Economic Independence for Women in Central America project on GlobalGiving.  As the project draws to a close, we are so grateful for the hundreds of women whose lives have been changed as a result of your generosity.

Mil Gracias,

Cathy


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