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The Coffee Trust: More Coffee + More Eggs = A Great Field Report

Report From The Field

Our Goal Is Self-Managed Development.
Every Day, Month & Year We Take Steps To Reach Our Goal.

 

Spotlight

Who: Maria Raymundo 
What: Maria is a mother, grandmother and head of the household.  Her husband went to the United States in January in order to earn money for the family.  Both Maria and her husband were part of the Ixil community that went into hiding during the civil war and lived in the mountains for 8 years in order  to survive. Maria still has a scar on her scalp caused by a grenade, thrown at her when she was 19. Currently, Maria manages all the household responsibilities including raising chickens, growing worms to feed the chickens and tending her family garden.  She's a role model for her children and granddaughter who have watched as Maria incorporates the knowledge she's acquired through participating in our food sovereignty project toward the financial and physical health of her family. 
Where: Chel, Guatemala 
When:  This past April, we watched as Maria's daughters pointed out that one of their chickens was ill. Together they administered organic effective microorganisms (EMs) to the chicken and by the next day the chicken was cured and eating again.
Why:  Maria is our featured participant because her household food sovereignty project has been so successful and she has accomplished the following:

  • 25 baby chickens
  • 29 medium and big chickens
  • 5-6 eggs are layed every day
  • The garden is flourishing with Chard, cabbage, kulish, small onion, chili, pumpkin, chaya, celery, tomatoe, cassava, squash (guisquil) in addition to 4 different medicinal herb plants. 
  • 3 wooden boxes for worm composting
  • 7 containers of fly larvae

Below are photographs of Maria's family and the work she has accomplished.

  

  

 

Accomplishments:

Our team and participants take concrete steps everyday to reach their goals.

La Roya Recovery

  • Our participants from Chajulense, produced 22 containers of coffee.
  • Increased the number of participants from 560 to 900
  • 95% of our promotors are applying EMs (Organic Effective Microorganisms) to their coffee to protect against La Roya, or Rust, a fungus that destroys coffee plantations.
  • Held 9 Workshops where 81 people participated.
  • Held 2 Promoter trainings with 19 promoters attending.
  • Supervised 3 technical onsite trainings with 25 people attending.

Food Sovereignty

  • Held 11 Training sessions where a total of 103 women participated.
  • Our team made 312 home visits in order to give personalized support to the women in our food sovereignty project. 
  • The women have grown enough worm larvae that they are able to feed their chickens three times a day. 
  • 97% of the chicks that were distributed have survived. The women were able to recognize and successfully treat any additional sick chicks with EMs. 
  • The participants are using organic effective microorganisms (EMs) both to care for their chickens but also to care for the health of their family. They use the EMs for headaches, stomach aches and menstrual pains.

Thank You

Without the financial help of all our supporters; women would not be able to feed eggs and fresh vegetables to their families, the Chajulense coffee farmers would not have been able to produce 22 containers of coffee and we would be nowhere near our self-managed development goal of having the women from Chel become the promoters that bring the food sovereignty project to neighboring communities. We plan for that next step to occur in 2018 and at that time, The Coffee Trust will move on to support another community in Guatemala. Our work isn't done in Chel and we need your help. Your tax deductible donation makes a difference, really.

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