With the motto #MoreGirlsTogether, the Na'leb'ak organization starts 2018 with a fundraising dinner for the dream of building its headquarters in Chisec, Alta Verapaz. Based on a model of regenerative agriculture that seeks to promote the recovery of knowledge and local species; this center would be a place to connect girls and adolescents in a more harmonious way with ecology, economy, soil conservation and food production.
The erosion of soils, the exhaustion of water sources, the disappearance of species of flora and fauna and the lack of programs and instances of assistance, credit and commercialization, are some of the main problems to which the families and communities of Chisec face. Young and indigenous women, especially, face realities that exacerbate the limitations with respect to their economic and work opportunities. With this in mind, the Na'leb'ak organization begins to work.
The members of the Na'leb'ak have lived and observed the harsh reality of thousands of girls and adolescents in Chisec, Alta Verapaz. More than 3 years ago, they started forming girls' clubs to raise the voices of women, train them with life skills and change their municipality. Now, their mission is to continue with this work in an autonomously and sustainable way through an ecological entrepreneurship project in the form of an Agroecological Center.
This proposal seeks to ensure the long-term sustainability of Na'leb'ak, as well as generate the necessary incentives so that more producers and consumers of the locality move towards more resilient, associative and fair ways of producing, consuming and marketing. It is hoped that this work will make it possible to connect girls and adolescents with the sustainable use of the resources and vital sources of the territory, while they also continue to empower themselves and have fun.