Central American Food Security
In many rural parts of Central America, leaving home is one of the only ways to get out of poverty. People often move to larger towns, far off cities or even other countries to make a living.
Migrating shouldn't be the only way to prosper. That's why we're teaming up with communities in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to help families thrive where they are.
Often, the key is diversity. The more ways a family has to feed themselves and make a living, the more likely they are to weather a bad harvest or a tough season.
With that goal in mind, we’re helping families improve their harvests, sell their crops and find other ways to earn a living. And as the threat of climate change looms, we help protect and conserve resources. Our programs focus on bringing people together to share their expertise and navigate new challenges.
And after all, isn’t that what it means to be a good neighbor?
Overcoming Hunger and the Odds
Josefa and Rosa’s Initiative Helps 490 Families
Before the sun has shown its first rays of the day in la Pista village, Josefa Pérez is already awake praying. “I ask for the harvest to increase, that this year we have more crops,” says Josefa. That’s why the first thing she does after preparing breakfast and cleaning the house is see her crops of peas, cabbage, broccoli and …
Catarina and Juana: Two women Committed to Their Families and Their Community
Catarina Juarez De Leon and Juana Lopez Garcia are local promoters in a CWS-supported food security and nutrition project in Maya Mam communities in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. A total of 490 families participate. Catarina is a brave single mother who struggles to raise her daughters Luci and Imelda. She completed her primary studies and has been working as a promoter for …
From Stoves to Gardens to Water to Livestock, Esmerelda’s Family is Thriving
Preparing chicken soup with basil, oregano and green bananas or the fried fish that her son and husband like is now so much easier for 27-year-old Esmerelda Robles. Today she uses less firewood, cooks food faster and saves time preparing meals in her kitchen. Before, her house was covered in soot (hollín), a black, very fine and greasy substance that …