In 2001 a famine was declared in the Mayan Community in Jocotan. Many organizations have worked to create local sources of income. As a result malnutrition and education have really improved. However, families do not have access to products that would dramatically improve their lives, like filters and stoves. Contaminated water is the main cause of disease and death for children in Guatemala. This is aggravated by open cooking fires that further contaminate and weaken the health of kids.
This project will facilitate the access to filters and stoves, which have a dramatic impact on the health of rural families. Clean water and clean air in the home have a huge impact on the health of children. Eco filters provide clean water in the house without the need to use firewood for boiling and Onil Stoves allow families to cook without filling the home with smoke and it also safely contains the combustion area. The goal is to set 50 eco filters and 30 stoves in these communities.
The Wakami Village Platform, connects women to products that really transform their lives. These initial filters and stoves, will ignite the interest of other people in the communities. With the Wakami Village Platform, other sustainable products will also be accessed: solar energy kits, organic gardens, letrines, rain water collecting units, etc. The filters and the stoves are the first of these products to become part of the Jocotan households, starting the creations of SUSTAINABLE VILLAGES.