When women can meet their community’s most basic needs for food, clean water, healthcare and more, it is just a first step. They are also empowered to step up as leaders. And the chicken farming project that you support through MADRE is making that happen. MADRE runs a chicken farming project with Muixil, our partner organization in Guatemala. Through this project, Indigenous Ixil women receive tools and materials to run small chicken farms. This does more than supplement their families’ diets. It also paves their way towards economic independence by selling eggs and chickens at local markets.
Our partners report that they have gained more stability to provide for their families. Now, they are ready for the next step. The members of Muixil have begun to demand involvement in their community's decisions. They want to take action to effect positive changes.
However, in these Ixil communities, women have been typically excluded from political participation and decision-making spaces. This is because of discriminatory patriarchal values and the belief that a woman’s place is in the house.
The women at Muixil want to change that. They want to educate themselves on their rights, learn how to become leaders and advocate for their voices to be heard. And your support will help! Through a series of workshops to be held in the coming months, these women will learn about their civic participation. They will work to become recognized active leaders in their communities.
By doing so, these women will continue to fight for real social change and move towards a safer and healthier community. Your contribution is making a difference! Thank you so much for your support!
Earlier this month, we were happy to welcome Ana Ceto, leader of MADRE's Guatemala sister organization Muixil to New York! She was visiting to take part in a UN conference on Indigenous rights and to demand food security, political participation, and justice for the Ixil women of Guatemala.
MADRE's Program Director Natalia Caruso met up with Ana for a quick chat and update. Ana asked that we pass her thanks on to you for supporting this project, and we told her we would. Here is what she had to say:
"We want to thank MADRE and you for the support to make the chicken farms a reality for Indigenous women in the Ixil region. The partnership with MADRE gives us the opportunity of HOPE. We hope to continue working together to change the conditions in rural communities of Guatemala like we are doing with the chicken project and move beyond. Thank you for helping us."
Your support of this chicken project does more than provide food and extra income to women struggling with poverty. You give women the tools to build their own economic independence. They tell us that they feel empowered as they take steps towards a safer, healthier future.
Thanks so much for your support of this project!
In December, MADRE was thrilled to let you know that the chicken farm project you support expanded to include an additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women from the Quiche region of Guatemala! Each woman has since received chickens and materials to build chicken coops. Ana Ceto, the leader of MADRE’s Guatemalan sister organization Muixil, recently sent photos of the distribution, which we are sharing with you now.
Because of your generous support, these women now have an extra food source and an income to feed their families, send their children to school, and improve their communities. Thanks so much for your support!
We are extremely excited to let you know that thanks to your support, MADRE and Muixil, our Guatemalan sister organization, were able to expand our chicken farming project for the second time this year! An additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women participants from the Indigenous communities of Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal will each receive three chickens and materials to build chicken coops. That means that this year alone, you have helped 100 women start their own chicken farms, securing food for their families and earning incomes to send their children to school – thank you!We are also happy to report that the 50 Indigenous Ixil women who have been participating in the project since the spring of this year continue to successfully run their small chicken farms. Thanks to your support, this project continues to grow. Most importantly, it has ensured that impoverished Ixil women now have the means to provide for their families.
We look forward to sharing even more future successes from the chicken farming project!
In June, we were very happy to let you know that MADRE and Muixil’s chicken farming project was expanding to three new communities, reaching 50 new women participants! And thanks to your continued support, we have even more great news to share!
The 50 Indigenous Ixil women have each received three chickens to establish their own small chicken farms. These women have been able to sell the eggs their chickens produced in local markets, providing a source of income and security for their families. Ana Ceto, director of MADRE’s sister organization Muixil, recently sent us photos from the chicken farming project. We’d like to share them with you now. And we hope to bring you even more exciting updates from this growing project, thanks to your support!
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