Provide Organic Gardens for 20 Indigenous Women

by Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Summary

Food security is of paramount concern today, especially for the world's poor. Environmental changes and economic crisis have put particular strain on Indigenous women and families in rural Guatemala. The Indigenous Women's Organic Gardening Project works with communities of women in Chumanzana and Santa Clara to educate them about sustainable gardening practices and nutrition. This means that women are better able to cultivate the nutritious food they they, and their families, need.
$5,000
total goal
$475
remaining
40
donors
3
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Erosion, theft and other problems have plagued the food security of these communities. Because traditional farming methods have been challenged by social and environmental changes, the women of Chumanzana and Santa Clara must adapt and learn new practices to gain access to the vital food and nutrients that they and their families need to survive.

Solution

By training Indigenous women in using raised garden beds, rotating crops, fertilizing, nutrition and compost management, women are empowered to manage their family's food supply and provide healthy food for their families, even in times of scarcity. Because food is a major family expense, growing household crops helps to free up income for other opportunities, like education. Trainings have covered prenatal and infant nutrition and vitamin content of fruits and vegetables.

Long-Term Impact

Working with women ensures that the next generation will have better access to healthy and nutritious food. Because women are sharing what they learn with their families and the larger community, the people of Chumanzana and Santa Clara will enjoy the benefits of improved food security and nutrition for years to come. Growing food at home also supports families to free up income for other uses and can even be used to generate additional family resources as produce is sold or traded

Resources

http:/​/​www.mission-guatemala.org
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Organization Information

Kateri Tekakwitha Fund

Location: Pacifica, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mission-guatemala.org
Project Leader:
Kay Sweeney
Pacifica, CA United States