Economic Independence for Women in Honduras

 
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Aug 20, 2014

Bella Vista Village Planning

Each year every Agros community undergoes a period of planning. This is a participatory process in which community members gather and, with the help of Agros staff, decide which goals to strive towards as a community. Following is the new community plan developed for Bella Vista, Honduras, organized to align with the main components of the Agros model. (The full village plan is attached to this report.)

 

Overview Goal: To help 32 families sustainably move out of poverty.

MARKET-LED AGRICULTURE

Goal 1: Families have diversified their crops and improved their competencies and skills to manage climate and market risks.

Activities:

  • Families apply sustainable production practices, improve their yields of basic crops, and diversify cash crops
  • Technical support is provided to successfully maintain the production of coffee, passion fruit, and cacao
  • Families continue to adjust their farm plans to incorporate and respond to the opportunities of the prioritized markets following training on marketing and channels of commercialization
  • Families increase yields, stabilize their production and store it under appropriate conditions
  • Families learn to identify opportunities in the market to sell their surpluses
  • Families plant variety selected based on yield and consumer preference and apply best practice agronomic techniques
  • Families develop a farm plan, which includes the sustainable management of land and water resources, and the acquisition of new land, as needed
  • Families participate in farm schools to improve their agronomic practices in the cultivation of coffee, passion fruit and cacao

 

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

Goal 1: Families develop financial and organizational competencies.

Activities:

  • Producers keep accounting records after receiving training in financial, organizational, and basic aspects of marketing
  • Families receive financial and business education on topics such as basic math, family budgeting, and the importance of saving
  • Staff prepares a more advanced curriculum for financial and business education and begins to teach it in the community as producers are ready
  • Community members begin to establish credit relationships with outside organizations including accessing financing with suppliers in the region
  • Agros begins to establish a system of credit reference so that families have access to open bank accounts
  • Agros continues to provide training and support for the community bank

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Goal 1: Families reduce the incidence of preventable diseases in kids younger than 2 years old, and pregnant and lactating mothers.

Activities:

  • The community leaders develop basic competency for counseling on health and nutrition, and the management of basic health cases
  • Families improve their hygiene within their home by using latrines
  • Families participate in the implementation of nutrition, health and equity plans by attending trainings about the nutritional value and caloric contents of food and the creation of family gardens with diversified plants that meet a wider variety of nutritional needs

Goal 2: The community coordinates with governmental organizations responsible for health, nutrition and safety.

  • The community adopts national strategies and designs communal plans

 

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May 27, 2014

Your Gift Is Powerful

Lucinda not only single-handedly runs the family farm, she is also a community leader, a caregiver to her children and elderly husband, and the community health worker for her village.

Lucinda and her husband, Don Tito (Jose T. Ortez), dreamed of owning land to be able to work their way out of poverty. They had rented farmland to grow food for their family, but there was never enough money to purchase their own land and build a secure future. Lucinda and Don were excited to be among the first members of the Agros village Piedra de Horeb, Honduras. However, shortly afterarriving, Don Tito’s health prevented him from working their fields. While many speculated they would lose their land, Lucinda has ensured that won’t happen.

At a remarkable 60 years of age, Lucinda is motivated to pay off her land, and works hard to see that her crops yield good harvests. She has been one of the most active members of the Field School training group for plantain production, and she has successfully applied the training to her own plantain crops. On top of all of these responsibilities, Lucinda is an example to her peers of what is possible through hard work, training and perseverance, and gives back to her community by serving as the secretary of the Community Board of Directors and a facilitator for adult literacy classes.

She has earned the respect and admiration of her community, which sees her as an example of all that one can accomplish.

Your gift is powerful in the lives of so many people like Lucinda and Don Tito. Without your support, this kind of empowerment would not be possible. On behalf of Lucinda and all of our Agros communities, thank you for your faithful support.

Learn more about the impact Agros is making in Honduras by visiting agros.org.
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Feb 25, 2014

Women in Action

Women in Action
Women in Action

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. 

“The community bank is an excellent opportunity for us to support our husbands with home expenses.”

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.  

Learn more about the impact Agros is making in Honduras by visiting agros.org.
Follow Agros International on Twitter @AgrosIntl or "like" our Facebook page to get day-to-day updates from the field.
Danubia is hopeful about the future for her family
Danubia is hopeful about the future for her family
Danubia & her Family
Danubia & her Family

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Jan 23, 2014

Just One Single Mother of Many

A Working Woman Cultivating Soil for her Crops
A Working Woman Cultivating Soil for her Crops

Vinda is just one single mother of many in Honduras.  Her family currently lives in Nuevo Amanacer, though before coming to Nuevo Amancer, Vinda was involved in many community organizations where she assisted in forming self-help groups for other women regarding issues such as gender equality and dignity.  However, while she enjoyed doing this work, she struggled to keep food on her own table.

By the grace of God, Agros’ programs have put food back on Vinda’s table.  Because of the opportunity she heard about through Agros, her life has remarkably improved.  “I learned about the opportunity to partner with Agros because of a friend,” shared Vinda. “He told me about the possibility of purchasing land that I could farm. God is wonderful,” she adds. Vinda went to Nuevo Amanecer to find more information about the requirements one must fill out to become a partner, and immediately submitted her application. To her joy, the application was accecpted!  “I'm happy because my dream of owning land will come true,” says Vinda.

"The education and support Vinda is receiving from Agros teams has empowered her to increase her family income and be a more effective change agent in her community, empowering more women to do the same."

Because of your work through Agros, Vinda is able to pursue her dreams and build a stronger future for her children. She is able to learn the right skills of sanitation and food preparation, as well as begin a new farm business.  The education and support Vinda is receiving from Agros teams has empowered her to increase her family income and be a more effective change agent in her community, empowering more women to do the same.  

Learn more about the impact Agros is making in El Edén, Nicaragua by visiting agros.org.

You can follow Agros on Twitter @AgrosIntl or "like" our Facebook page to get day-to-day updates from the field.

Coffee: A Major Cash Crop for Women in Honduras
Coffee: A Major Cash Crop for Women in Honduras
Women are Able to Sell Their Fruit in Marketplaces
Women are Able to Sell Their Fruit in Marketplaces

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Organization

Agros International

Seattle, Washington, United States
http://www.agros.org

Project Leader

Christa Countryman

Grants Manager, Resource Development
Seattle, Washington United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Economic Independence for Women in Honduras