Agros purchases land identified by families who then earn the land through crop production. Agros also provides leadership and educational training to enable the families to cultivate new lives.
Land is a precious commodity throughout the world. Disenfranchised rural families 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. As a result, four million Guatemalans live below the poverty line, earning less than the equivalent of US $1-2 per day. Only 15% of children in the rural areas complete elementary education.
LEAP trainers work with Agros families as they realize their community plans for attaining basic food security, adequate housing, adequate income and education for their children.
Agros’ LEAP program provides the leadership and educational training families need as they begin to cultivate the land they now own by title.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Rural Poverty Report 2001
World Development Report for 2000/2001