Project #229 | Food, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability in Guatemala

Our Partnership with Wellkind Gautemala

Tzununá, a village along the shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatamala, is populated almost entirely by Kaq’chikel Maya. An estimated 70% of people living around Lake Atitlán live in poverty, and 32% in absolute poverty. As many as 66% of children under the age of five are stunted due to poor nutrition. Environmental degradation amplifies these economic and social challenges. Lake Atitlán is Central America’s largest drinking water source. However, only about 20% of sewage produced by the surrounding community is treated. Untreated wastewater ends up in rivers, the lake itself, or on open grounds. The lake has also been negatively impacted by habitat degradation, loss of forest cover, cyanobacteria blooms, and vulnerability to hurricanes and other extreme weather events.

One Day’s Wages partnered with Wellkind Guatemala to support food security, economic development, and environmental sustainability in Tzununá. In collaboration with local leaders and community members, they work at the intersection of these issues by planting food forests and organic home gardens. These initiatives block the flow of pollutants into Lake Atitlán, help families boost their consumption of healthy greens, and offer planters excess to fruits and vegetables that they can sell at the local market. In addition, Wellkind manages a weaving co-operative for indigenous women artisans. The women earn fair trade wages for their work, making enough to cover food and clothes for their families and to send their children to school. 

Our Collective Impact

Women Trained in Weaving Co-op

New Home Gardens Planted

Trees Planted For Food & Firewood

Meet Teresa

“I found out about WellKind’s artisan cooperative through a relative, and at that time they were involving more women there from different communities in the cooperative. I was given an opportunity to work with them and thank God, now here in San Marcos La Laguna we have over 15 women who work for the cooperative. This opportunity has been a great support to me because there are times when I cannot get a job anywhere else and the money I earn helps to support my family. The cooperative has supported me a lot, since my husband has an illness and he cannot work at all. I am the one who works to earn money, and for me, being part of the cooperative has been a blessing and really has been the main source of income that has put my kids through school. As an indigenous woman, it is getting increasingly difficult to find work, and I can’t take care of my kids or my husband with other types of work. Working at the co-op, I have the freedom to work from home, earn a decent living, and still be there for my family. Thank you so much to Wellkind and all the donors to this program because it has truly supported me and my community.”

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

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