Pueblo a Pueblo, Inc.

Our mission is to improving the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs. Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change. Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, se...
Jul 22, 2015

Changes Growing in our School Gardens and Nutrition Projects

A student working in the Tzanchaj Garden
A student working in the Tzanchaj Garden

As the rainy season begins in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, students and teachers are working hard to clean up their school gardens and get ready for the next harvest season. Our newest partner school, Nueva Vida, is aiming to finish constructing their new school garden before the rains come. They have already been able to start planting nutritious fruits and vegetables and are teaching students about organic composts and insecticides.  

Pueblo a Pueblo’s garden technicians are also busy turning the Panabaj organic garden into a demonstration garden used to educate new partners on the principles of organic gardening and a diverse and nutritious diet. Staff is weeding, planting new fruits and vegetables, and installing more compost areas. They will soon be helped by 14 teenagers from the Panabaj community, who in return, will be able to sell the produce from the garden in local markets to earn some additional income for their families.  

We are also beginning to phase out of two schools, Chacaya and La Cumbre, where we have collaborated on constructing and maintaining the garden project for the past four years. The schools have been extremely successful -with La Cumbre harvesting over 700 pounds of produce last year alone! We know that they will continue to care for their gardens and incorporate the harvested fruits and vegetables into nutritious and delicious school meals.

The rainy season always makes upkeep of the gardens more difficult due to flooding, an influx of harmful insects, and the re-growth of weeds. Nonetheless, the students in the Santiago Atitlan and San Lucas Toliman municipalities are as excited as ever about their school gardens and the produce that the rainy season will bring!

Beginning of construction in Nueva Vida in April
Beginning of construction in Nueva Vida in April
Working on the garden
Working on the garden
Working on the Nueva Vida garden
Working on the Nueva Vida garden
Nueva Vida garden in June
Nueva Vida garden in June
Jul 21, 2015

New Partnership Brings New Beekeeping Opportunities

Training in La Libertad for new beekeeping group
Training in La Libertad for new beekeeping group

Recently, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Beekeeping project solidified a new partnership with a women’s coffee cooperative in La Libertad, a small community outside of Huehuetenango. This group of coffee farmers is part of La Cooperativa Crédito Esquipulas, a larger organization that works on savings and loans for local farmers and businesses in Guatemala. Despite the diversity in their services, this will be La Cooperativa’s first endeavor into beekeeping!

However, this new beekeeping group will look somewhat different from our three existing projects in Atitlan. First, our existing farmers work together as an association to market and sell their honey, sharing the profits among themselves. The new group, however, will market and sell their honey through the cooperative.

Secondly, whereas half of our current beekeepers are women, our partnership with La Cooperativa Crédito Esquipulas will consist entirely of women, thus continuing our mission to support gender initiatives in rural Guatemala.  

Earlier this month our project technicians conducted their first visit with the new cohort of beekeepers. During this visit they formally met the new members, introduced the basics of beekeeping, and developed a timeline for future trainings and apiary installations.

Michelle Sims, the project manager for Pueblo a Pueblo’s beekeeping project is very excited about this new expansion and looks forward to “initiating honey production within La Cooperativa Crédito Esquipulas and hopefully expanding this opportunity to other members of the cooperative as well." We at Pueblo a Pueblo, hold the same hope as Michelle and are excited to see how our new partnership evolves!

Genaro teaching the basics of beekeeping
Genaro teaching the basics of beekeeping
Our newest beekeeping members!
Our newest beekeeping members!
Jul 21, 2015

Midyear Point Marks Progress in our Scholarships Project

Students checking out their new school goodies
Students checking out their new school goodies

The halfway point in the school year means a lot is happening with our Primary Education Scholarships project!

Last week Pueblo a Pueblo distributed school supplies to 105 student scholars. Although we have always provided school supplies in the beginning of the year, we recently started restocking necessary items at the midyear point and saw great success. This small contribution, with materials like pens, pencils, and glue, is a big help to local families that often have to replace lost school supplies throughout the year. 

It’s also time to visit the doctor! Here in Santiago only about 50% of children are fortunate enough to have regular medical checkups. However, as part of our scholarships, students are provided with regular doctor appointments and any additional needed care. In the upcoming weeks, all 105 scholars will visit the doctor as a way to stay healthy and be prepared for school!

Finally, we are pleased to introduce, Andrea, the newest member to our project. Typically our scholarships are provided at the beginning of a new school year, but Andrea is an exception. Receiving her scholarship just this month, Andrea is now getting support while attending her first year of primary school. She lives with her mother, father, and two brothers and is currently learning how to read and write in class. Despite her young age, Andrea told us that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Our hope is that this scholarship motivates Andrea to stay in school and brings her one step closer to achieving her dreams in the future.

Student receiving a dental checkup
Student receiving a dental checkup

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