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.
Goal 1: Families have diversified their crops and improved their competencies and skills to manage climate and market risks.
Goal 1: Families develop financial and organizational competencies.
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.
Goal 2: The community coordinates with governmental organizations responsible for health, nutrition and safety.
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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.
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.
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.
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