Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan Families

by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
Improve Diet of 20 Guatemalan  Families
The two Maria at work
The two Maria at work

The Women of Chumanzana have another nutrious food to feed their family.   Candelaria, the women's  development program manager,  arranged for Maria Q, Josefa, Candelaria M., and Maria M, four representatives of the group, to attend a workshop at Ixoqi' Capacitacion.  The women learned how to prepare and bottle jelly and marmalade made from the fruit they grow in their gardens.  Bottling it means that they can keep the unopened bottle of marmalade and jelly for a year without refrigeration.  It can be made when fruit is plentiful and kept to eat when there is no fruit available.

Maria Q. said that now she can make her own marmalade and jelly from her own fruit.  She has apples, plums, peaches, and pears.  When she wants to have some with her bread, she won't need to buy it.  Her family can enjoy it, too.  

Josefa said that it will be another way that she can earn money from her garden.  It is easy to make and she can sell it to  her neighbors who don't have fruit.

Candelaria M. said her family would be enchanted by this new food.  She was happy to learn how to preserve it in bottles.  She doesn't have a refrigerator, so this will be helpful.

Maria M. said that this is another new thing she has learned through the support of the Kateri Fund.  She thanks all of you who are responsible for this support.

All of the women along with Candelaria will now teach all the women who weren't able to attend the workshop how to make marmalade and jelly and preserve it in bottles.

Maria Preparing the Fruit
Maria Preparing the Fruit
Proud Marmalade Makers
Proud Marmalade Makers
Josefa Keeping the Marmalade from Burning
Josefa Keeping the Marmalade from Burning
Learning How to  Bottle the Marmalade
Learning How to Bottle the Marmalade
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Observing the Process
Observing the Process

The Chumanzana Women’s group members are now able to multiply the fruit tees  they already have for family and for profit.  Maria  was very happy to learn this new skill - graphing a peach tree.  She said it was a very simple to do.  She had never seen this method before.  She said that now that she has learned how, she plans to do many graphs on the apple, avocado, peach,and plum trees she has on her land.  She can use what she learned to produce seedlings of the different fruit trees to sell, bringing in more needed income for her family.  She thanks YOU, the supporters of the Kateri Fund, for providing activities like this, which help break the cycle of poverty.  She was very happy to participate with the other women  in this activity.

Candelaria Sut, manager of the program, arranged the workshop in which the women learned how to graph different kinds of fruit trees, especially by layer graphing.  This is graphing in the branch of a tree.  The women did their graphing in the branch of a peach tree.  First, they peeled one centimeter of the bark of the branch where they wanted to make the graph. Second, they put a coconut shell over the place where they had peeled the bark, covered it with nylon, and tied it tightly with string so that the roots will begin to grow there.  The roots appear in about 40 days.  When the roots are ready, they will take off the coconut shell, cut off the branch, and transplant it into the ground or a large pot.  This type of graph is very effective because the branch where the graft is made does not die and continues to live and produce peaches.

Simple activities like this give the woman another way to provide food for their family and to add to their income by producing things to sell to their neighbors.  It is a benefit to the whole community.   It fulfills our motto of Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!  Thank you for being a FRIEND.

Tying the Graft
Tying the Graft
Maria Learning a New Skill
Maria Learning a New Skill
An Attentive Group
An Attentive Group
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Women of Chumanznana
Women of Chumanznana

Candelaria has plans in place for the Chumanzana program for 2019. She has interviewed the women and found out what they would like to learn.  They already have their organic gardens established and on-going.  They have learned to grow mushrooms to add to their diet.  Now they want to learn other ways to improve their diet.  At their direction, she has arranged workshops in grafting for fruit trees, making marmelade, and making baskets.  She will continue to follow up on the established projects in organic gardening and mushroom production. That way she will be able to provide support if any of the women run into difficulties. She will be aided by Josefa who attended workshops at Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP) in 2018.  All in all,  it looks as if Candelaria has a productive year planned.

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Making Insecticide
Making Insecticide

Maria and Candelaria attended a workshop at IMAP ( Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) with Candelaria Sut, Kateri Women’s Development Manager.  The workshop was titled Growing in Small Spaces. They both were very excited about the new things that they learned.

Maria is happy to go to these workshops because each time she learns something new.  This time she learned to make different kinds of natural insecticides.  This was important because they were insecticides she could make herself and did not need to buy.  The other thing she learned was how to have a garden in a small space.  She learned to use tires, plastic bottles, pipes, and iron to form the garden.   The thing that made her happiest was to know that she would be able to share all she had learned with the rest of the group.  She thanked Candelaria for giving her the opportunity to travel outside her village and learn new things.  She said that before she never left Chumanzana and did not know all the things that she now knows because of this opportunity.

Candelaria felt very satisfied with the content of the workshop. She has participated in two workshops now.   Before she never left her home and now, she is having that opportunity.  Before this workshop, she participated in the workshop in Zaragoza about packaging mushrooms.  The workshops are an experience for her.  She plans to put into practice the things she learned about growing in small spaces and preparing natural insecticides to fumigate her plants.  She learned how to use common things like onions, black soap, garlic and chili for insecticide.  She sees the things she has learned as helping her earn more money to support the family because she can sell the things that she grows.  She will share with the rest of the group along with Maria.

These young women as well as most of the women in Chumanzana have a limited education.  The workshops that funding from You, our donors on GlobalGiving, and a grant from the  Atkinson Fund provides, give them the opportunity to not only learn useful things, but to widen their worldview.  As they travel outside their village, they lose their fear and become more confident.

Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27th.  GlobalGiving will be matching funds donated on that day.  Maria, Candelaria  and the other women in Chumanzana will benefit from your donation that day.   Recurring donations always give the projects more security.  If you can budget a monthly donation toward continuing education on good gardening practices, you will be making it possible for these women to provide nutrious food for their families and become more independent women with a secure food source.

Maria and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop
Maria and Candelaria at IMAP Workshop
Small Space Gardening Idea
Small Space Gardening Idea
Another Small Space Gardening Possibility
Another Small Space Gardening Possibility
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Carmen planting her bucket garden.
Carmen planting her bucket garden.

Carmen is one of the members of the women's group in Chumanzana.  She is happy to be in the group because she is learning new things.  She has learned how to grow different kinds of greens and attended a workshops on how to grow mushrooms and pack them for sale.

Carmen  said, " My Aunt Josefa and I attended the workshop in Zaragosa on how to pack mushrooms for sale.  We have started a new crop growing and are waiting for them to be ready to harvest.  Then we will show the other women what we learned at the packaging workshop.  I am very happy to take advantage of the opportunities the Kateri fund gives us to attend workshops that show us things that benefit our families."

"In my house, I had an old bucket that I couldn't use.  The Fund showed me how I could use it to plant cilantro and onions.  Now my family doesn't have to buy cilantro and onions.  We just take them from our bucket garden when we are cooking. "

"Sometimes my neighbors come and buy the ciliantro and onions.  I use the money to buy salt for my kitchen." 

Carmen is learning to use her own resources to improve her life.  With this knowledge, she and her family become more independent.

This project has funding through August 2018.  At that time, the funding will run out.  It will take at least $2000 to continue the project through December.  You are being very generous with your donation, so we ask that you talk to your friends and family to see if there would be someone interested in supporting this need.  They do not need to donate the whole amount.  Many small donations add up to the whole.  Thank you for your support always.  Everything is possible with a little help from a FRIEND!

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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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