Pig farming will provide Indigenous Ixil women in El Quiché the economic resources and technical skills to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Ixil are a highland Maya community in Guatemala who are still suffering the effects of the decades-long Guatemalan civil war. Families in the region are unable to purchase basic necessities, much less livestock; the value of corn and beans (their principal crops) can not support the families that produce them, forcing young people to emigrate to urban centers in search of better livelihoods. 350 Ixil women will participate in this food security and economic development project.
How will this project solve this problem?
Provide pigs and supplies to 350 women in several villages; train 12 participants to lead ongoing trainings and manage the project; develop a marketing plan that includes local and urban markets; create revolving loan fund to enable new participation
Potential Long Term Impact
Improved nutrition for Ixil women and families in El Quiché; economic self-sufficiency; improved status of participants (from income) in home and community will enable them to take on household and community leadership roles.
Total Funding Received to Date: $250
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $250 . The original project funding goal was $52,950.