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Dec 17, 2019

Big Plans for 2020

Bees hard at work in one of the group's apiaries
Bees hard at work in one of the group's apiaries

What’s new?

Our beekeeping partners in San Pablo La Laguna have had a busy year. They've been hard at work dividing hives, harvesting honey, and building business connections. These beekeepers now manage over 30 hives across two apiaries, and they harvested over 500 pounds of honey in their first year of production! We are proud of all they have accomplished so far.

The group recently wrapped up their project training sessions for the year. This fall, they attended a series of workshops about native stingless beekeeping and built their secondary apiary. In December, they wrapped up a training unit on microbusiness administration, which they are already putting to good use!

The beekeepers have made plans for two new business initiatives. These new initiatives will not only generate income for the group but will also share the benefits of the project with others in their community. 

First, the group will begin selling hives to other groups of aspiring beekeepers.  They plan to divide ten of the hives in their main apiary next week and sell half of the resulting number in early 2020. The group has also begun to lead their own workshops on keeping native stingless bees. They even have the perfect classroom: their own secondary apiary!

More beekeepers on Lake Atitlán means more bees—a win for all residents who rely on agriculture to make a living. And more native bees means the preservation of this region’s indigenous pollinators. Our partners in San Pablo are proud to intervene on behalf of the environment. This passion is reflected in their name, Batz’ib’al Juyu’, which evokes their role as stewards of biodiversity in the local Mayan language.

 

What’s next?

The group will continue their trainings with Genaro in the new year. This time around, the trainings will focus on reinforcing what the group has learned about beekeeping and business. Genaro will continue to conduct technical visits each month to offer support and problem-solve as needed.

In the meantime, the group—and their bees—will enjoy the colors of a winter bloom in the fields and forests around their apiaries. We can’t wait to see all that our San Pablo partners will do in 2020! Thank you believing in the power of sustainable livelihoods to change lives. Your support fuels our partners’ success!

Group members at a recent meeting
Group members at a recent meeting
Group members with the last delivery of materials
Group members with the last delivery of materials
The native stingless bee apiary amid winter blooms
The native stingless bee apiary amid winter blooms
Beautiful winter blooms at the apiary
Beautiful winter blooms at the apiary

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Dec 12, 2019

You Made This Milestone Possible!

Sponsored student Diego with his mother and sister
Sponsored student Diego with his mother and sister

On October 30, Sandy Mendoza went to Chukmuk Primary School to attend a very special ceremony. It was an exciting day for the sixth graders of Santiago Atitlán. They were celebrating an important milestone: their primary school graduation.

Sandy was there to support the graduating students who receive scholarships from Pueblo a Pueblo. As a key member of the Primary Education Scholarships team, Sandy has been with these students every step of the way. She has visited their homes to check in on them when they’ve had a tough time in school. She has spoken with their teachers for updates on their academic progress. She has given them encouragement and tough love in equal measure. 

One sponsored student, named Diego, had a special role in the day’s festivities. As recognition for earning the highest grades in his year, he carried the school’s flag when he and his classmates filed onto the stage.

Diego and the other sponsored sixth graders have overcome a lot to finish primary school. They all come from families that believe in the importance of education but struggle to make ends meet. For many sponsored students, a scholarship from Pueblo a Pueblo is the only way they can attend school at all. Many of them are the first in their families to graduate from sixth grade.

During the ceremony, each student received a diploma, shook hands with the principal, and smiled for a picture in front of the Guatemalan flag. The room was filled with powerful emotions. One student’s mother approached Sandy for a tearful hug, thanking her again and again for “all you’ve done for my son.”

In January, Diego and the other sponsored graduates will begin seventh grade with the support of donors like you.

Your donations make it possible for students like Diego to attend and excel in school. Thank you for believing that economic need should not be a barrier to education. Your support fuels sponsored students' success!

Diego prepares to file in with his classmates
Diego prepares to file in with his classmates
Chukmuk Primary School Class of 2019
Chukmuk Primary School Class of 2019
Sponsored student Heidy with her parents
Sponsored student Heidy with her parents

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Dec 9, 2019

Your Donation Provides Relief to Guatemalan Moms

Sponsored mothers at the 2019 end-of-year party
Sponsored mothers at the 2019 end-of-year party

When a woman joins the Maternal Child Health project, we ensure that she receives three things: subsidized medical care for herself and her newborn; health education to help her care for herself and her child; and a supportive cohort of other sponsored women.

Participating mothers have a lot on their plates. Most of their families depend on income from irregular agricultural labor, leaving the women responsible for bringing in extra earnings, caring for children, and completing household chores.

For example, sponsored mother Concepción has six children. She washes her family’s laundry in the lake, by hand, every day. In addition to her chores at home, she sells a natural fire-starter called ocote and makes intricately beaded embroidery to supplement her family’s income.

The Maternal Child Health project has relieved some of the stressors in Concepción’s life. With Pueblo a Pueblo’s support, she can take her son Juan to the partner clinic when he gets sick. She also began using a contraceptive method earlier this year after being introduced to the topic of family planning during a project workshop.

This project has brought Concepción new resources and knowledge that she can use to keep herself and her family healthy. With a supportive social work team on her side and a friendly cohort of other sponsored women around her, she doesn’t have to face things alone.

On December 4, Concepción and the other sponsored mothers gathered to celebrate another year together. Maternal Child Health team members Rebeca and Vilma led games and distributed Christmas gifts to the women and their children. The whole group shared a picnic meal together, and each mother-child pair posed for a portrait.

Your donations provide relief from the pressures of poverty. The Maternal Child Health project exists to provide women like Concepción the dignity of health care, education, and community. On behalf of our beneficiaries, we wish you the happiest of holidays and thank you deeply for your support!

Concepcion and her son Juan at this year's party
Concepcion and her son Juan at this year's party
Vilma leads an activity at the event
Vilma leads an activity at the event
A sponsored mother enjoys the festivities
A sponsored mother enjoys the festivities
The women participate in a game
The women participate in a game
Concepcion (second from right) during an activity
Concepcion (second from right) during an activity

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