SewHope staff work with families to develop vegetable gardens (cilantro, onions, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.), raise poultry for meat and eggs, and grow fruit trees (plaintains, mangos, and pineapples) at their homes. SewHope provides seed, plants, tools, and instructional support to help families become skilled home-growers. Over 100 families have been supported in this effort.
We also teach school-aged children about nutritional foods and gardening as part of their after-school enrichment program.
We also partner with the local university’s agricultural students and the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture to teach community members better ways to grow their crops (which are primarily corn and beans) as well as introduce new ones (watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, Maya nut (Ramon) trees, and others) to generate more yields and income.
Working with families to grow food...We provide the seeds and the skills and they do the work to bring nutritious food to their children. Women in our communities are given the tools and education they need to develop their own vegetable gardens.