Indigenous women in Guatemala's Western Highlands are grappling with severe groundwater shortages exacerbated by climate change, population growth, and escalating agricultural demands. This crisis jeopardizes their tree nurseries, their primary source of livelihood. This situation, in turn, imperils affordable seedling access for community reforestation projects and small agroforestry enterprises, amplifying the risk of landslides, topsoil loss, and the unavailability of affordable fuel.
Our project funds the installation of rainwater harvesting, storage, and drip irrigation systems, empowering Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Guatemala's Western Highlands. These infrastructures will boost their tree nursery enterprises' productivity, enabling them to meet the rising demand. Notably, this support will ensure seedlings remain affordable, fostering accessibility for economically marginalized communities involved in community reforestation and agroforestry projects.
This transformative project will provide crucial rainwater harvesting and irrigation infrastructure to four regional tree nurseries, empowering 40 women with sustainable employment. It will ensure the provision and growth of thousands of trees, mitigating risks of mudslides and topsoil loss and serving as a reliable source of cooking fuel. In the long term, this initiative paves the way for economic resilience, environmental sustainability, and an empowered, thriving community.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).