Guatemala has the sixth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, with nearly half of the country’s children going to bed hungry at night, according to a report by USAID. Food insecurity is especially prevalent in rural indigenous communities where levels of hunger have skyrocketed to daunting levels during the COVID-19 crisis. In response, the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development has spearheaded a nutrition program, which includes a successful egg-laying chicken project.
Each family that receives a set of three chickens will have more than a dozen eggs every week!
These egg-laying chickens:
- Cost $40 for a set of three.
- Provide a sustainable source of protein for families.
- Are purchased from a local farm, supporting a small business.
- Are native and specially bred to resist illness.
- Will reach the most vulnerable women of the Association first.
To ensure that these chickens are healthy, productive and well-cared for, women receive expert training from Carlos, our agro-ecology consultant. Before the chickens are delivered, Carlos confirms that the family has built an appropriate coop, according to the plans he provided to them. Participants will also be supplied with special feed that is critical to the first month of the chickens’ development. After that, the chickens can be fed items from family gardens or kitchen scraps.
Our goal is to ensure that each and every woman in the Association receives a set of three egg-laying chickens.
Gift of three chickens: $40
Each gift of $40 includes three chickens, delivery, training, and special feed for the first month. We hope you will support our efforts by making a donation below. Gifts of any size are appreciated. Thank you!