Guatemala Valle del Polochic
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The Asociacion de Desarrollo Integral Polochic (ADIP) began in 1992 and its work focuses on preventive health, adult education, sustainable agriculture and leadership development in communities located in the remote Polochic region of Eastern Guatemala, which is often affected by natural disasters. The program is scaling-up work started during the previous Guatemala Four Departments program.
During the past seven years, ADIP has been working with small scale farmers of the Q’eqchi’ communities of the Polochic Valley region, promoting sustainable agriculture and food security practices such as: soil conservation techniques, crop rotation and diversification, root processing, coffee and cardamom management, fish husbandry and root crop processing. During the current phase of the program, ADIP has expanded their work to include two new communities while continuing to work in four of the communities that were included in the previous program, and that have not yet reached the level of an ‘advanced community’.
The program’s goal is the transformational development of these six impoverished communities in rural Guatemala, through the implementation of trainings about sustainable agriculture using local resources. Much interest has been generated in the target communities for the trainings offered through this program, thanks to the achievements made over the last 6 years, but specifically in the last three years in which the partner integrated the agriculture program with the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) program and with the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) program, expanding its reach to a vulnerable target population: households with mothers and children between 0 to 2 years of age.
Access to Water Makes Tilapia Farming Possible
Ema’s family is one of five in her community to try their hand at raising tilapia. With support and technical advice from local partner ADIP, she and her husband constructed a 16’ x 26’ pond nearly 3 feet deep with room for up to 50 fish. She’s delighted with the results.
As soon as she moved to her present home a few years ago, Ema prioritized running water. Even though they did not have a lot of money, she purchased the piping necessary to connect to a municipal water source. The debt worried her, but she knew access to water was key to her family’s success in farming and making a life in their new community. She and her husband work hard on their two small plots of land to provide for their four children.
After pandemic lockdowns were eased in September of 2020, ADIP invited Ema to participate in a number of agricultural training sessions. The training modules centered around crop diversification and rotation, root crops, fruit trees, coffee production, and pest and disease control. Families could also consider opportunities in poultry or tilapia production. Ema, thankful that she had a water source, chose the latter.
She says, “When I started with my fish pond, I was excited about having a chance to recover my investment. It’s a relief to be able to improve my family’s diet and to have the hope of generating extra income that will benefit our family. I have seen the generous hand of God through my fish! I am very grateful to have ADIP in our community. They are people who dedicate their lives to helping others by sharing their knowledge and unconditional support with the communities. I am grateful for what they have taught me about agricultural issues. God bless each one of you.
Guatemala Valle del Polochic Program
Led by World Renew and Local Partner Asociación de Desarrollo Integral Polochic (ADIP)