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Jun 3, 2011

Update - Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

We are so grateful for your continued support of Agros villages in Guatemala like Villa Linda!

We are excited to share with you the Winter 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 examines the village’s development though initiatives like coffee and cardamom crops, and trainings like adult literacy classes.  Thanks to your support, the families of communities in Guatemala like Villa Linda have been empowered to work their way out of poverty.

In addition to these more recent updates, the report also features annual indicators that are used to measure the progress of the village over time, so that you can track 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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May 17, 2011

GlobalGiving Site Vistit With Agros

Men At Work
Men At Work

Whilst visiting the rural villages in the mountains of Guatemala it was very evident to see first hand the vast improvement to general village living standards through Agros’ relationship with GlobalGiving.  This was physically evident through the construction of educational facilities, a basketball court which doubles as a meeting area, corn grinder and greenhouse just to name a few.

 Agricultural development techniques implemented like the greenhouse create more effective crops. One season the produce cultivated was worth US$300.   After the installation of the greenhouse the following season from the same amount of seeding the crop took in US$4000.  This money goes back to the families to improve their living standards.

 Children receive free schooling from age 1-6 in Guatemala, however high school attendance rate is dramatically less than primary school due to the tradition of children helping their families/elders working and farming the crops. Since Agros has joined the community there has been an approximate increase in attendance of 1-6 yr level students from 5% to 85%.  Agros is trying to increase the high school attendance, which has proven to be difficult ‘breaking the mould’ due to traditional village life and customs for generations. They have created financial scholarship initiatives where families will receive monetary rewards for their children receiving an education instead of working in the fields.  This system has had promising results so far.

Agros has a very successful business relationship selling the delicious snow peas to Costco for sale in the UK through Marks and Spencer.  In the past only corn and beans were grown by the villagers for consumption.  Agros has created the ability to work, earn an income and empowered the villagers with there own hands to build a stronger community and future for the next generations.

The Ixil region, which is one of two, operated by Agros consists of 11 villages, 40 communities equaling approximately 22,000 people.  The relationship began in 1989.  It was a true pleasure being hosted by Agros and I can attest to the fantastic work they have done through the donations received through GlobalGiving.  Please continue to support this worthy cause.

 

 By Scott Duncan

Melbourne, Australia

Baby Snowpeas
Baby Snowpeas
Mar 3, 2011

Update: Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

We at Agros are so grateful for your ongoing support of villages in Guatemala like Villa Linda. 

It is our honor to share with you the Autumn 2010 update for the Agros Guatemala community Villa Linda.  This update is also available on our website at http://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/VillaLinda.pdf.  It examines how initiatives you've supported, like a Women's Community Bank or training on disease in coffee plants, have transformed Villa Linda and empowered its families to work their way out of poverty. In addition to stories and updates, the report also features Annual Indicators that are used to measure the progress of the village over time.

As always, we encourage you to share any feedback you may have about these reports.  Thanks again for your ongoing dedication to the rural poor of Guatemala!

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Nov 1, 2010

Update: Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

Thank you so much for your continued support of Agros villages in Guatemala like Villa Linda! 

We are excited to share with you the Summer 2010 update for the Agros Guatemala community Villa Linda.  This update is also available on our website athttp://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/VillaLinda.pdf.  This report measures the success and outcomes of a village's development looking at Community Organization, Land Ownership, Housing and Infrastructure, Community Education and Training, and Sustainable Economic Growth.  Track quantitative impact measurements in Villa Linda by reading the Annual Indicators and become familiar with the faces of Villa Linda. 

Learn about how your support has helped individuals like Mateo who received training to make candles to sell in his small business to earn additional income for his family. 

We’d welcome any feedback you may have about these reports.  Thanks again for your dedication to the rural poor of Guatemala!


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Aug 9, 2010

Update: Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

Thank you so much for your continued support of Agros villages in Guatemala like Villa Linda!

Attached is the Spring update for the Agros village of Villa Linda. Or if you prefer, you may read the report on the village webpage at: http://www.agros.org/ag/villagepdfs/VillaLinda.pdf This report measures the success and outcomes of a village's development looking at Community Organization, Land Ownership, Housing and Infrastructure, Community Education and Training, and Sustainable Economic Growth.

In this report, learn you'll learn about Rosa's experience in the Community Bank, and so much more!

Please submit any feedback you might have and let us know if you're finding these reports valuable, or what other kinds of information you might like to receive from us as relates to this project.

Enjoy, and mil gracias!


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Agros International

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

Project Leader

Christa Countryman

Grants Manager, Resource Development
Seattle, WA United States

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