Families in the village of Villa Linda will be able to increase their incomes through various economic and agricultural projects and, in turn, buy the land that they are working.
Ten million Guatemalans live below the poverty line, earning less than $1 or $2 a day. Nine out of 10 Guatemalan farmers do not own enough land to feed their families. Trapped in a cycle of basic survival, they pay exorbitant rents for poor quality land or work for desperately low wages as migrant laborers. Agros restores hope for such families by purchasing farmland, providing agricultural training, and much more. Families pay back the cost of the land, proudly earning right to its title.
Agros offers families the opportunity to purchase land over time through the fruits of their own labor. This year they plan to start gardens, small animal husbandry projects, a community bank for small businesses, and training in natural medicine.
The Agros model works to guarantee long term viability through an integrated approach that addresses economic, social, organizational, and environmental sustainability. This ensures that communities continue to thrive long after direct finical support has ended.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Guatemala Country Profile (US Dept. of State)
Rural Poverty Report 2001 (IFAD)
Listen to April 2009 GlobalGiving/Agros podcast