Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food

by Seed Programs International
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Seeds for Guatemala Maya to Grow 5 Tons of Food
Preparing soil
Preparing soil

With all of your generous support, we sailed past our goal for this project which results in a stronger agricultural training program and a little more money to buy tools and needed supplies to boost the success rate in growing these needed vegetables.

Seeds are being sent this week to Alex Larkin in Washington state who will carry them to the Ixil region when he visits at the end of March. Selected seeds include: 200 packets each of winter squash, summer squash, beet, cabbage, cucumber, mustard greens, and tomatoes; 300 packets each of broccoli, carrot, and yellow onion; 100 packets of radish. With the high altitude of this part of Central America, cool-weather crops can be grown which are not feasible in some other parts of the tropics.

The Roya coffee rust disease which decimated 80% of Central American coffee crops this year has made this project even more critically important. The farmers of ASO-Ixil had first come together with a coffee production co-op in mind. With that income in jeopardy, food needs escalate and the vegetables will be essential.

The following letter - seen in the attached image - was received by Alex Larkin (translated from Spanish) from the ASO-Ixil Board:

Dear Mr Larkin,
By means of this message, please accept our warm greetings on behalf of the administration of ASO-Ixil . We wish that all of your activities bless you and benefit your spirit.The aim of the present note is to THANK YOU for working so hard for the fundraiser for the seeds for ASO-Ixil farmers. We and the farmers are so grateful to you for the effort to benefit the welfare of the Ixil people. In God we trust that we will reach the amount of the goal. and hopefully this is neither the first nor the last donation for the Ixil people. There are great needs in the areas of education, malnutrition, clothing, and more.

Without further ado, we are very grateful to you.
Manuel Laynez Anay, General President
Henry Escobar Caba, Vice President
Gaspar Rigoberta Caba Gallego, Director of Communication
Noe Olegario Santiago Caba, Director of Finance
We at Seed Programs International and Bright Star Philanthropy Partners extend these same heartfelt thanks to you, as donors who make all of this possible.
Thank you letter from ASO-Ixil Board
Thank you letter from ASO-Ixil Board
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Manuel Laynez Anay, President General, ASO-Ixil
Manuel Laynez Anay, President General, ASO-Ixil
Dear Supporters,
Today we want to share the story of the origin of ASO-Ixil, our project partner in Guatemala.
The dream of a Maya Ixil farmer’s coop started with childhood friends: born during a civil war, fear and hunger were the everyday experiences of their childhood. In childhood games they organized their friends to create jobs, and provide food for hungry children and old people. They dreamed and planned to make opportunities that their parents did not have.
When he was 8 years old, Manuel Laynez’ mother gave him a piglet. He raised the pig and sold it. With the profit he bought 4 more pigs. Manuel’s pig business paid for his school tuition and began the path toward his vision of a farmer co-op.
Twenty years later Manuel was a university student studying Business Administration. He walked 22 miles through the mountains to catch a bus that took him to Antigua, Guatemala where he had a scholarship for a conversational English Program. His instructor in that program and Bright Star Philanthropy Partners became the catalysts that helped bring to reality the dreams of childhood into a Non Profit Association of 99 farm families: the Association of Farmers for the Social Development of the Maya Ixil.
Manuel Laynez is in the above photo by himself.  The type of jacket he wears is unique to this community of Maya Ixil. They are woven on a backstrap loom and it takes months to weave the fabric for a jacket.
In the group photo below, left to right:
Gaspar Rigoberto Caba Gallego Director of Communications
Manuel Laynez Anay, President General and legal representative
Henry Escobar Caba, Vice President and Agronomist
Noe Olegario Santiago Caba, Director of Finance CPA
The photo is taken on the steps of the Catholic Church in Chajul, Guatemala. During the childhood of these 4 young men, this church was occupied by the government army which committed atrocities against the civilian population.
ASO-Ixil Board Members
ASO-Ixil Board Members
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Seed Programs International

Location: Asheville, NC - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
Peter Marks
Asheville, NC United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Seed Programs International that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.