Since 1998, Agros has been working in Nicaragua, bringing life change and development to the rural poor. Our team comprises 19 people, and we are each committed to Agros and the 267 families we serve in our country.
We continue to strengthen our strategic alliances with other agencies in the area, establishing commercial relationships in order to increase the families’ incomes through productive initiatives. We also continue encouraging the women to become more involved with organizational and social activities and productive projects through community banks.
Together, our partner families are cultivating a total of 77 acres of coffee. They are also producing a variety of vegetables. Their knowledge is steadily increasing about farming techniques, and as a result, their crops are improving both in quantity and quality.
In personal development, our families are participating in Growth Groups, small groups in which they share their hopes, dreams, successes and setbacks; encourage each other; offer friendly advice; and build strong relationships. Also, our partnership with the Ministry of Health continues to provide important training to our families on such topics as hygiene, nutrition, family planning and gender equality. We are also pleased to report that we have a 95% retention rate among our communities’ children and youth who are attending school.
During this next fiscal year, with the help of faithful friends like you, we will continue to promote our families’ personal and economic growth, helping them achieve their great goal of owning land and forever escaping poverty. Thank you for caring for Nicaragua’s rural poor through Agros!
Thank you for your commitment to the Villa Linda community!
Since this community’s founding in 2006, your steadfast encouragement, financial support and service team participation have helped restore dignity and hope for a better future to families stuck in a vicious, generational cycle of poverty.
Because of your support, today, Villa Linda’s families have food security, their own housing, thriving agriculture-based enterprises, access to clean water and so much more that was only a dream in the past.
In each community Agros helps establish, field staff work alongside families toward the goal of self-sustainability. This past June, after six years of partnership with Agros, Villa Linda graduated from Agros direct support. In this phase of development, the community becomes self-directed, and continues to make progress tapping the knowledge that’s been imparted through years of partnership.
Over the next few years, Agros will maintain contact with Villa Linda leadership, providing encouragement, advice and support as appropriate. During this time, families will apply everything they have learned to maintain strong community leadership, annual planning and personal growth, maintaining income-generating projects and working toward the ultimate goal of paying off their land loans.
You are a valued partner in the Agros mission, and I hope that you will consider engaging with another of our communities in Central America, or supporting an Agros initiative, such as sustainable economic development, that meets critical needs of families across all our communities.
Along with you, I look forward to that day when 100% of Villa Linda’s families receive their titles and are official landowners. I know that the families, who are so grateful for your faithful commitment, would say, “We couldn’t have done it without you!”
Thank you for your continued partnership with Agros and the families in the communities we support. Please stay tuned for new Agros projects through which you can change lives and provide hope for families in Central America!
Feria Chapina Textile Market was held from August 23 -26 at Hollywood Park, in the city of Los Angeles, Ca. The festival had an average of 60 stands with diverse products such as, handicrafts, food, and services, as well as a variety of recreational entertainment surrounding this event. There were about 50,000 Central Americans in attendance.
With the support of the Agexport Craftsmanship Commission, Agros International, and donors to GlobalGiving, the craftsmanship project developing under the brand Concepto Ixil, had the opportunity to participate in Feria Chapina by exhibiting products in a shared stand.
There were a series of preparations for the event, from the organization of sales inventory, advertising, promotion, shipment of merchandise, and travel logistics.
A business conference was held by the Economy of Ministry, and their representatives for the United States, from which the Guatemalan women gained two contacts. The first contact is a travel agency interested in marketing handicrafts through the tourism packages they offer, and commercializing them to markets in Los Angeles. The second contact is an event organizer for Latinos that is hoping to carry out a festival in December, and was looking for other people interested in participating.
The exhibition stand, for sales and promotion was open for three days. Over the course of those three days, the women achieved $1,000.00 of sales from the personal accessories and decor lines that were brought to the exhibit.
After 40 percent of the product was sold, we were able to find a buying agent to represent us in Los Angeles for the 60 percent of remaining product. Many people are interested in being able to obtain the products or have the opportunity to market them. This represents an opportunity for us to gain a market in this area through commercialization.