El Salvador is facing issues with the climatic variation. As organization and communities, we are fighting to reduce the effects of that. During the last months, we have achieved the following:
Supported 4 new chicken coops. This allowed for families led by women to grow their own hens to provide the necessary proteins. This also helps in sharing or selling eggs in their neighborhood. It is essential to support this project, so other partners are helping.
About 10 hectares of criollo corn have been established to support about 20 families. Corn is very important for families because of its nutrients and the supply of tortillas and pupusas, which are the main plates in some communities in the country.
3 new organic vegetable gardens were established. We know it is important to provide inputs to the families for vegetable gardens, but also it is important to train people about how to keep them producing. Our program includes some training so, women are able to maintain gardens to produce good vegetables.
With our leadership program, We have been working with leaders to share knowledge about project and community management, so people are ready to lead activities for the self-development of communities.
As one of the donors requested. We supported the communities of Puerto Parada with the improvement of a water system. This includes the installation of a new pump and replacing the old pipes. This will benefit about 700 families who do farming and fishing in the Bay of Jiquilisco.
This report includes some of the activities with do as an organization, but also we have been doing more during last two years. We include a two-year report of our organization, so you have an idea of how big is the support from you.
We thank all of you because you are part of our organization and as a part of us, you are helping for the development of women and their families in El Salvador.
We are making progress with the participation of communities
By Carmen Argueta | President
It's been good to work with the communities last months. We are progressing because of the support of our friends and the positive participation of women and men during the project. Families are not just getting inputs or materials, they are also learning and sharing knowledge. These are some of the new achievements:
Learned farming strategies with by doing 2 exchange activities in agroecological plots. In this case, farmers had the opportunity to learn how to adapt crops, fruits, forest trees, and plants to produce food and protect the environment by using only organic inputs and resources available at the plot.
Improved economy by implementing 2 local markets. Women had the opportunity to sell their products at local level to support local community and promote healthy farming.
Promoted healthy food. Women have promoted healthy food to reduce diseases by growing their own food.
Stored of grains. Some families have stored their grains by using storage devices that allow them to maintain at least 500 pounds of corn for their tortillas.
Seed sharing during events. We do a lot of activities to share seeds, so families have the ability to keep their native crops, plants or fruits. This allows the families to have products adapted to climate change.
Provided seedling for vegetable gardens. This is a permanent activity we do with this project and others, so we can go to more families.
We are making progress and sharing knowledge with families, so they are preparing for any inconvenient. In the next weeks, we also will be helping with other activities related to clean water, and disaster response.
It's been a great year and we feel happy about the achievements made by women in rural communities. During last months, implemented actions to keep supporting families with community-based initiatives.
This is a list of the most important achievements:
About 10 families have been beneficiated with organic inputs to keep working on their vegetable gardens
25 farmers have learned about using organic inputs to improve the fertilization of their corn plots. This helped a lot to improve the soil conditions in about 10 hectares and reduced the use of chemicals to produce corn
17 farmers have shared native and adapted seeds in two events of Seed Sharing. This is helping to save native seeds and reduce the use of genetically modified seeds
3 new chicken coops have been built and equipped with all necessary equipment to grow chickens
30 people have learned about improving crops with organic matter
About 200 people participated in a community market where they learned about how to grow vegetables, medical plants, and fruits with organic farming.
The women who got benefits from the beginning are still producing eggs and selling for a better price in their communities.
There are good experiences about this project. For example, there was a woman in a community maker who said “I am selling vegetables from the seeds another person shared with me; we should keep sharing seeds and doing these type of events”
Women in El Salvador Thank you for your generous support. We together have done a lot and there is more to do.
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