3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty

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3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty
3,000 Guatemalan Farmers Graduate from Poverty

Project Report | Oct 17, 2022
2021-22 Report - Guatemala Regional Program

By Judith Russo | Program Director

Woman with Freshly Picked Coffee
Woman with Freshly Picked Coffee

The 2021-22 coffee year was a good year for the project. Alta Verapaz gradually controlled the expanse of Covid, vaccinations became available, and cases and deaths declined. The farmers in Carchá, who were the most severely affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota, gradually began replacing the coffee trees that were lost.

The General Population. At the start of the project, 767 farmers from 191 communities defined 28 practices they needed to adopt in order to graduate from poverty -- 8 for increasing productivity, 7 for husking coffee for a higher price, 7 for conserving their mountainside land, and 6 for making better business decisions.

Our local partners, municipal officials and primary school teachers, teach and promote the practices. However, in the second and third years of the project, 2020 and 2021, meetings with farmers were suspended, schools were closed, and the increases in both knowledge and adoption leveled off. Fortunately, Covid has been controlled in the region and municipal officials are once again meeting with farmers and schools have opened.

Early-Adopter Communities.  In 2021, we increased the number of early-adopter communities from 61 to 121 and the number of families from 1,107 to 3,167. Their increases in income are discussed in terms of the years that the families have been in the program. (1) The 704 farm families in the original 40 communities in the municipalities of San Cristóbal and Carchá (3 years of assistance) increased their income to $1,018 a year from coffee. (2) The 470 in the original 21 communities in Cobán(1 1/2 years) increase their income to $448. (3) The 1,993 in the 60 new communities (1 year) increased their income from the baseline of $106 to $312. The average income for all farmers was $489. The baseline productivity for all farmers was 1.73 per 1/9th of an acre, husking was 0%, and income $106 per year from coffee.

Women. In 2021, we also increased the number of women from 842 to 1,658. The women evaluated their personal growth in six areas: capacity to speak in public; confidence to speak in public; empowerment; leadership; equal participation in the technical assistance in coffee; and equal participation in building a coffee-producing business.

The original 842 women rated themselves above 90% in five areas, and equal participation in building a coffee-producing business was rated 83%. The percentages for the 816 new women ranged from 65% to 79%, with the exception being 87% for equal participation in the technical assistance in coffee.

825 women, 98% of the original 842, also maintained a second business and increased their income from $134 to $183 from these businesses. 713 women, or 87% of the 816 new women, started second businesses and increased their income from negligible amounts to $127 a year. In total, 1,538 of the women had second businesses, and they earned an average of $157 from these businesses.

Augusto Ti Lem, from one of the early-adopter communities said "Before SID gave us technical assistance in our community, my coffee plot suffered from different pests and diseases. We now know how to recognize the most common plant diseases. We learned that cleaning, properly shading and fertilizing can even prevent some of the pests. Today we are noticing the changes that SID Guatemala is making in our community."

Group of Farmers Huking Coffee
Group of Farmers Huking Coffee
Women Drying Their Coffee
Women Drying Their Coffee
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Women's Second Business - Make and Sale of Shampoo
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Nov 12, 2020
2020 Guatemala Regional Approach Report

By Judith Russo | Program Director

Mar 7, 2019
Report on SID's Work with Coffee-Farming Families

By Brooke Cain | Development Officer

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Judith Russo
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