Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women

by MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Thank you so much for supporting MADRE’s “Sustainable Chicken Farm for Guatemalan Women” project. With your help, MADRE and our Guatemalan sister organization Muixil established small chicken farms, creating a source of income and food security for over 50 Indigenous Ixil women. Your support also created opportunities for these women to learn about their human rights through MADRE-supported trainings. Because of you:

  • Women with no other source of income have gained economic self-sufficiency
  • By earning an income, women have improved their status within their families and communities. They are now in a stronger position to negotiate the distribution of work in the household and provide positive role models for their daughters and sons.
  • Nutrition is improving, which will ultimately boost maternal and infant survival rates and the overall health of the community.
  • Indigenous women are strengthened as leaders, coming together to attend human rights trainings and plan future community development projects.

On behalf of MADRE and Muixil, thank you for making all this possible!

I want to assure you that although this particular project is ending, MADRE’s partnership with Muixil is not. In fact, we’ll soon be launching a new project on GlobalGiving to support Muixil’s weaving cooperative. The cooperative will be a place for Ixil women to share traditional weaving practices with a younger generation of women, strengthening Ixil culture and community. Instructive sessions will also allow the cooperative to standardize the type and quality of the goods the women sell, enabling women to get a higher market value for their work. We hope to count on your continued support!

When women can meet their community’s most basic needs for food, clean water, healthcare and more, it is just a first step. They are also empowered to step up as leaders. And the chicken farming project that you support through MADRE is making that happen.

MADRE runs a chicken farming project with Muixil, our partner organization in Guatemala. Through this project, Indigenous Ixil women receive tools and materials to run small chicken farms. This does more than supplement their families’ diets. It also paves their way towards economic independence by selling eggs and chickens at local markets.

Our partners report that they have gained more stability to provide for their families. Now, they are ready for the next step. The members of Muixil have begun to demand involvement in their community's decisions. They want to take action to effect positive changes.

However, in these Ixil communities, women have been typically excluded from political participation and decision-making spaces. This is because of discriminatory patriarchal values and the belief that a woman’s place is in the house.

The women at Muixil want to change that. They want to educate themselves on their rights, learn how to become leaders and advocate for their voices to be heard. And your support will help! Through a series of workshops to be held in the coming months, these women will learn about their civic participation. They will work to become recognized active leaders in their communities.

By doing so, these women will continue to fight for real social change and move towards a safer and healthier community. Your contribution is making a difference! Thank you so much for your support!

Ana with MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso
Ana with MADRE Program Director Natalia Caruso

Earlier this month, we were happy to welcome Ana Ceto, leader of MADRE's Guatemala sister organization Muixil to New York! She was visiting to take part in a UN conference on Indigenous rights and to demand food security, political participation, and justice for the Ixil women of Guatemala.

MADRE's Program Director Natalia Caruso met up with Ana for a quick chat and update. Ana asked that we pass her thanks on to you for supporting this project, and we told her we would. Here is what she had to say:

"We want to thank MADRE and you for the support to make the chicken farms a reality for Indigenous women in the Ixil region. The partnership with MADRE gives us the opportunity of HOPE. We hope to continue working together to change the conditions in rural communities of Guatemala like we are doing with the chicken project and move beyond. Thank you for helping us."

Your support of this chicken project does more than provide food and extra income to women struggling with poverty. You give women the tools to build their own economic independence. They tell us that they feel empowered as they take steps towards a safer, healthier future.

Thanks so much for your support of this project!

An Ixil woman with supplies for her chicken coop
An Ixil woman with supplies for her chicken coop

In December, MADRE was thrilled to let you know that the chicken farm project you support expanded to include an additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women from the Quiche region of Guatemala! Each woman has since received chickens and materials to build chicken coops. Ana Ceto, the leader of MADRE’s Guatemalan sister organization Muixil, recently sent photos of the distribution, which we are sharing with you now.

Because of your generous support, these women now have an extra food source and an income to feed their families, send their children to school, and improve their communities. Thanks so much for your support!

Ixil women show off their new chickens
Ixil women show off their new chickens
Ixil women at a training program
Ixil women at a training program

We are extremely excited to let you know that thanks to your support, MADRE and Muixil, our Guatemalan sister organization, were able to expand our chicken farming project for the second time this year! An additional 50 Indigenous Ixil women participants from the Indigenous communities of Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal will each receive three chickens and materials to build chicken coops. That means that this year alone, you have helped 100 women start their own chicken farms, securing food for their families and earning incomes to send their children to school – thank you!

We are also happy to report that the 50 Indigenous Ixil women who have been participating in the project since the spring of this year continue to successfully run their small chicken farms. Thanks to your support, this project continues to grow. Most importantly, it has ensured that impoverished Ixil women now have the means to provide for their families.

We look forward to sharing even more future successes from the chicken farming project!


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MADRE, An International Women's Human Rights Org.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Yifat Susskind
New York, New York United States

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