Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana

A microproject by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Train Team in Organic Gardening for Chumanzana
Receiving Instruction
Receiving Instruction

 

Six active participants of the Chumanzana women’s group participated in a Mushroom Packaging Workshop in May.   The group were thankful for the opportunity to learn about packaging the mushrooms, as it would help them improve their sales.  Comments from the members of the group reported by Candelaria Sut Canu, the project manager, are below.

Josefa is a single young woman in her 20s.  She is one of the young women who has been attending a series of workshops with Candelaria and taking a leadership role in the group.  She shared the following:  We came to the cooperative to improve our knowledge about growing mushrooms. We also learned how to package them for sale.  The mushroom packaging workshop gives us another opportunity to improve our sales. We learned how to package the mushrooms and how to sell them by measure.  The cooperative is dedicated to growing only mushrooms, so the teacher was able to clear up many questions that we had.

Maria Isabel is married and has two children.  She said the following: I was very happy to attend this workshop.  Each person teaches differently.  This teacher explained how to water the mushrooms and many things that are new for me.  It helped us to continue our project of growing mushrooms.  This will help us improve our lives and the lives of our families.

Lucia is 20 years old and single.  I am happy to participate in all the activities that Kateri sponsors.  It benefits us because it is knowledge that no one can take away from us.  It stays with us and helps us to continue our struggle in life and to put into practice all we have learned in the workshop.  We can also share it with all the women in the group who could not attend the workshop.

Carmen is 15 years old.  She said the following:  I am happy to learn new things about the mushrooms.  Each teacher teaches us differently and this teacher answered many of the questions we had.  Now it is up to each of us to put what we learned into practice and to teach the rest of the group.  All the activities we do with Kateri gives us new information and knowledge.  Thank you!

Maria is a single young woman 17years old. Her thoughts follow: Thank you to Kateri for the marvelous things that they teach us for our lives and our family.  I was very happy to participate in the workshop.  It will help me improve my life to learn how to start a business selling mushrooms.  With the profit, I will be able to buy things for the kitchen.

Candelaria is 13 years old. She shared: I feel very happy to participate in the workshop because I learned more about growing mushrooms.  All that they taught us about the form for packaging mushrooms was very interesting.  We also learned more about the growing of the mushrooms.  This will help us to continue with the project and know how to take care of the mushrooms during the process of growing.  Thank you for the aid you are giving us.

Attentively,

Candelaria Sut Canu

Project Manager

The Group Picture
The Group Picture
Participating in lesson
Participating in lesson
Resting after a long day!
Resting after a long day!
Maria and Josefa, Group Leaders
Maria and Josefa, Group Leaders
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Josefa, Maria, and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop
Josefa, Maria, and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop

The women in Chumanzana are always looking for new ideas!   Through this project, they built organic raised gardens in their homes. When asked what they wanted to do next, their answer was to learn more about organic gardening. With donations from you, our GlobalGiving donors and a grant from the Atkinson Foundation, Candelaria, the project manager, arranged a series of four three-day workshops at IMAP (Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) for Maria and Josefa, two of the women in the group.

In February, the two young women and Candelaria attended their first workshop. They learned how to manage their gardens in small spaces, different forms of planting, how to compost, and prepare the soil.

Josefa was very impressed by the compost lessons. She said that all the materials (green and dry leaves and manure) were available in their community and all needed was to add the willingness to work. She was excited to share what she had learned with the other women. She knew they had a good attitude and were willing to work to improve their lives. Their gardens would make it possible to have fresh and nutritious food to eat.

Maria was interested in the lesson on preparing the soil. She had not realized how important it was. They had always just used whatever soil was available. Now she could share with the other women how to use things they had in their homes to enrich the soil before they planted.

Maria and Josefa are single women in their twenties with very limited education. These workshops are teaching them new things.  This knowledge gives them new confidence. When they go back to Chumanzana, they will share this new knowledge. It will give them a leadership role in the group!

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Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Location: Pacifica, CA - USA
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Kay Sweeney
Pacifica, CA United States

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