Guatemala

Seed Programs International

Success in GuatemalaNo one has ever before given us the opportunity to help ourselves.

By providing top-quality vegetable seeds and locally-driven support, seed programs give women a path to empowerment, income, and nutrition. The women of Chajul, Guatemala project are all working hard to make their garden a success. They extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to SPI donors for your support.

Our key partner in this project is ASO-Ixil, an indigenous Mayan-led charitable organization. Support from the US comes from Bright Star Philanthropy Partners, and funding support is from people like you, many who donate through our crowdfunding page.

Participating wormen received orientation instructions in their own language of Ixil Mayan in a high school classroom .  This was a very exciting day, especially because they’ve never had the opportunity to go to school. They were very attentive and entered into good discussion with relevant questions about the project. 

The vegetable gardens were prepared and planted the week before Palm Sunday. The project paid for the assistance of 2 unemployed youth with no education and 2 unemployed youth who are earning tuition for their University course work in agriculture.

Students and professors at the regional Rural University advised the project and advised on the crop selection.  Local ixil Mayan farmers donated plots for use by the women who did not have access to a garden plot of their own. The women are looking forward to having vegetables to add to their families’ diets of mostly tortillas and beans. 

One woman stated, “Thank you, Thank you. No one has ever before given us the opportunity to help ourselves.  We are proud of our ability to work the soil in the Mayan way and thank you for believing in us."

There is a long waiting list for the next vegetable garden project. A next step in Chajul is to make seeds available in the local ferreteria (hardware store) so that they can be purchased any time, not only by those who need immediate financial support to afford them.

You can help us take the next important steps in this work to support Mayan Guatemalan self-sufficiency and nutrition. Donate today!

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PO Box 9163
Asheville, NC 28815
828-707-1640

 

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Lombardy, ON
613-406-6100

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.