Support Sustainability for Guatemalan Farmers

by Agros International


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.
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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

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

Organization Information

Agros International

Location: Seattle, Washington - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Christa Countryman
Grants Manager, Resource Development
Seattle, WA United States

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Thanks to 117 donors like you, a total of $16,385 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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