Vegetable Gardens for Guatemala Maya Elders and Widows

Seed Programs International

giving tuesday 2021

GuatemalaIxil Maya communities in northwest Guatemala are still recovering from a long civil war that left families shattered and no way for widows and other elders to escape poverty and malnutrition for themselves or their children. Guatemalan Ixil Maya children suffer an 85% malnutrition rate. Today, Ixil farmers are organized into a coffee-producers organization and are working toward income improvement, but this does not address the lack of nutritious food for widows and their children. Many vegetable gardens are unplanted due to a lack of seeds. It is hard manual labor to make a garden on steep mountain sides that need to be cleared of brush, dug out by hand and terraced. Want to learn more about Ixil Maya efforts to build self-reliance, health, and income? Visit our partner website at (Spanish language) or this English-language blog post from Bright Star Philanthropy Partners.

With your help, vegetable seeds provided by Seed Programs International will grow fresh vegetables for 20 Maya Ixil elders in great need of nutrition and income, so each can grow more than 500 fresh vegetable servings. These elders, including widows and their children, will have new access to nutritious organic vegetables by receiving seeds, a hoe, and a younger helper. Critical family income is increased through cash or barter of surplus produce in the local markets. Seed banks and vegetable starts will be combined with education to provide for sustainability. By selling or bartering surplus produce in the local markets, widows will have new access to medicine and ability to pay school tuition for their children.

Please donate today to help this effort. The thermometer will be updated daily to reflect gifts received in each 24 hour period. Thank you so much!

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You can give online at Give2Charity, our secure donation processing partner. Please enter “Guatemala Maya” in the comments field. All gifts to SPI are tax-deductible.

We welcome checks mailed to: SPI, PO Box 9163, Asheville, NC 28815.

Your gift keeps on giving! In the long term, elders, widows, their children, and youth helpers will learn traditional Mayan organic farming and new methods in composting and soil improvement. Seed banks will ensure long term sustainability, support a strong education program, economic development, and increased food security.

Elders in Chajul, Guatemala. Tools

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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.