Agros restores hope and opportunity to rural families by loaning farmland, providing agricultural training, and much more. Families pay back the cost of the land, proudly earning right to its title.
Land is a precious commodity throughout the world. Disenfranchised rural families in Central America lack access to the kind of credit needed to buy their own land. Trapped in a cycle of basic survival, rural families pay exorbitant rents for poor quality land or work for desperately low wages as migrant laborers. At least four million Guatemalans live below the poverty line, earning less than US $1-2 per day. Nine out of ten Guatemalan farmers do not own enough land to feed their families.
Loan payments fund the purchase of land, develops local leadership, facilitates building of housing and infrastructure, providing business loans and training, and ensures education, and health care
Agros offers families the opportunity to earn land over time through the fruits of their own labor.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Rural Poverty Report 2001
World Development Report