Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women
MUIXIL Coordinator, Ana Ceto, leads a training
MUIXIL Coordinator, Ana Ceto, leads a training

In June, we were very happy to let you know that MADRE and Muixil’s chicken farming project was expanding to three new communities, reaching 50 new women participants! And thanks to your continued support, we have even more great news to share!


The 50 Indigenous Ixil women have each received three chickens to establish their own small chicken farms. These women have been able to sell the eggs their chickens produced in local markets, providing a source of income and security for their families. Ana Ceto, director of MADRE’s sister organization Muixil, recently sent us photos from the chicken farming project. We’d like to share them with you now. And we hope to bring you even more exciting updates from this growing project, thanks to your support!

Ixil woman carries materials for her chicken coop
Ixil woman carries materials for her chicken coop
MUIXIL member proudly poses with her new chickens
MUIXIL member proudly poses with her new chickens
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Muixil planning meeting
Muixil planning meeting

Ana Ceto, director of MADRE’s Guatemalan sister organization Muixil, recently met with the coordinators of the chicken cooperative project to discuss expansion of the project in three communities in the Quiché region of Guatemala: Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal. During the meeting, Ana, along with coordinators Catarina and Engracia, identified 50 women that would benefit from participation in the project. Each woman will receive chickens to establish small chicken farms as a source of food security as well as income. In addition to receiving chickens, each woman who participates in the program will also partake in human rights trainings and business skills classes. Based on a community-centered model of micro-enterprise, this collective income-generating project not only provides Indigenous Ixil women living in poverty with economic independence and food security, but it empowers them to demand their political rights.

Here is a photo of the Muixil coordinators at their planning meeting. Doña Catarina is on the far left; Doña Engracia is second to the left; and Ana Ceto is on the far right.

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(c) MUIXIL
(c) MUIXIL

Thanks to your generous support, MADRE was recently able to send funds to MUIXIL in support of their programming with local, Indigenous Ixil women. The donation went towards maintaining the chicken farming project, organizing a human rights training, and holding a meeting for the women to learn important business and technical skills. Ana Ceto, leader of our partner organization MUIXIL, sent us new photos from the chicken farms project and the recent trainings and meetings. We’d like to share those photos with you now. 

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Photo 1: Women participants in MUIXIL’s chicken farming project proudly show off their chickens. The chicken farms offer food security and a source of income for these women and their families.

Photo 2: In their recent human rights training, Ixil women from Muixil were trained on women's political participation. At the trainings, the women discussed the importance of actively participating at the community level on issues related to women and families as well as how to be an example to children and youth.

(c) MUIXIL
(c) MUIXIL
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Ana Ceto, the leader of our Guatemalan sister organization MUIXIL, visited MADRE this year and brought with her many beautiful, handcrafted items made by the Indigenous Ixil women she works with in her community.  In collaboration with her chicken farming project, this local weaving cooperative allows for additional income-generation and enables women to feed their families and send their children to school. The project also serves as a way to preserve local Indigenous history and cultural identity, using designs that have been handed down over thousands of years and that convey generations of stories, mythologies, spirituality and history. Currently, 45 women between the ages of 15 and 60 participate in the weaving cooperative.

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As a very young child in the northern highlands of Guatemala, Ana Ceto grew up at the height of a civil war, in an area where that war was most fiercely fought. Human rights abuses, especially against Indigenous Peoples, were widespread. She saw fields rich with produce and effort burned to nothing. Food was scarce and violence everywhere.

At 18, Ana began her work to demand human rights. She struggled to document the identities of displaced people rebuilding their lives. She worked with organizations to identify victims. She collected testimonies from survivors of massacres.

At 23, Ana, along with other community members, founded Muixil, a grassroots organization of Indigenous Mayan women working together to promote the health, well-being and rights of their families and communities.

Today, the vibrant colors of traditional weaving dance before her eyes when she gathers the wares produced by the women’s weaving cooperative in her home of El Quiche. Chickens cackle and cluck in the yards of Indigenous women in the community, many of them widows and single mothers. With help from Muixil, these projects help women build independence and economic self-sufficiency. They sell their weavings at market, and chickens produce eggs to sell and for their families to eat. Many mothers use the money they raise to send their children to school.

Ana herself is a mother of three small children. She knows how important it is to be able to provide for her children, put food on the table and send them to school—a right Ana had to fight hard for.

MADRE and Muixil also work together to help Indigenous women participate in political processes.

Recently, Ana testified before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as they reviewed Guatemala’s human rights record. She described flagrant violations inflicted on Indigenous Peoples and women. She lent an impassioned voice to the findings of  the “Report on Violations of Women’s Human Rights in Guatemala” submitted to the Committee by MADRE, Muixil and other human rights groups.

“MADRE has given us strong support. You gave us the first funds for the weaving cooperative and made this trip to New York possible. We are very thankful,” she told the MADRE staff after her testimony at the UN.

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Yifat Susskind
New York, New York United States

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