Help Guatemalan Women Achieve Self-Sufficiency


APROSADSE’s initiative to work with traditional midwives helps empower women. Many women in indigenous communities are wary of modern medical institutions or lack access to effective care. Midwives have been instrumental to community health and continue to be.

APROSADSE provides midwives with minor surgery equiptment and medical supplies and ongoing training. With contributions from generous donoers, 65 kits were assembled in San Martin Jilotepeque and distributed to each of the midwives.

In addition, 30 women are training as Nutritional Conselors for communities in need. Since women are often limited in their access to good nutrition, especially as new mothers, these Counselors will be instrumental in educating families and women.

Thank you for your generous contributions. Initiatives like this one depend upon them.

With your help, APROSADSE’s programs in organic composting, farming, and livestock rearing has increased the self-sufficiency of women within their communities. Education in nutrition and sustainable production techniques has helped communities to grow healthier crops and animals, resulting in increased production. The women who are integral to their farms are reaping the benefits, no longer dependent on their husband’s livelihood alone. They are now able to claim their own business and farm income.

With sustainable income from their farms and businesses, women are not only able to save money but also to send their children to school and support their families. The ability to provide for their families strengthens the whole community and the women working with APROSADSE are leaders in their communities, helping to empower others to organize community health projects like planting fruit trees and gardens.

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Thanks to your support, APROSADSE’s agroecology program in Guatemala is meeting close to

100% of its objectives. Community members were trained in agroecology, livestock

rearing, and small business management. These training programs provided families

with better harvesting and income-generating techniques.


In 9 rural communities, 1,038 pigs, chicken and cattle underwent two days of veterinary

care. By decreasing disease outbreaks, families can increase their production potential

and support their families.


Microcredit loans helped women establish their own businesses. Women who

previously depended on their husbands for money now speak of their own savings, the

responsibilities of having their own businesses or farms, and the lessons learned from

improving production.


We need your continued support! By donating to APROSADSE you are ensuring more

families can benefit from this program.


Thank you for your support.

APROSADSE’s agroecology program in Guatemala has expanded to include 9 community groups, with each group consistently meeting twice a month. The following workshops have been conducted: agroecology, livestock rearing, business and livestock management skills, ecological latrines, and construction of wood-saving stoves.

The cow, pig, and chicken-raising projects are still flourishing thanks to vaccination and disease-management workshops. Projects range in size from a single woman raising two pigs, to a 7-family group with 1000 egg-laying chickens.

We need your continued support! The cow-raising project in Xetinamit has an estimated 18-month turnaround time. While the families involved have not experienced major financial gains, they are benefiting from the production of milk, cheese, fertilizer, and small sales to the local market.

By donating to APROSADSE you are ensuring more families can benefit from this program.

Thank you for your support.

On Tuesday, March 16, all donations up to $1,000 per donor, per project will be matched. Donate on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, and maximize your gift. Our most recent update reports on microcredit loans and training for 3 newly formed groups working on raising chickens, cows, and other types of income-generation activities. One group, in the community of Sauce Xesuj, is focusing on raising livestock. With technical assistance and loan funds, the group was able to construct a chicken coop and purchase chickens. The group, which has grown to include 10 families, sells the eggs from the chickens at the local market. Chicken-raising is an income-generating project with relatively quick returns on limited land, and almost immediate nutritional improvement to families as a result of the eggs. However chickens can be easily prone to disease and so sanitation practices need to be managed carefully to avert any sort of outbreak. With your support, the group was provided with an investment capital for the purchase, maintenance, and sale of chickens, with each family contributing a portion of the funds needed to construct the facilities, as well as the time needed to care for the birds and sell the eggs. The families also participated in trainings on chicken care, bookkeeping, project management, and had meetings to discuss savings and repayment plans. Not only to the families involved benefit from better nutrition as a result of the project, they are reaching their goals in learning about the technical and administrative aspects of caring for the chickens, improving their production, and generating a profit.


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Organization Information


Location: San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​​aprosadse.html
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, California United States

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