Valentine’s Day Update in Sisbilhá, Guatemala

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sowing Opportunities has witnessed amazing developments in the remote indigenous village of Sisbilhá, in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala.

The mostly women-led projects are developing at a rapid pace, thanks to the dedication of Sowing Opportunities’ team on the ground in the region, and the tireless and motivated efforts of the participants.  

They are truly participating in “on the job training,” where they practice what they have learned and receive instruction and evaluation from the expert agricultural engineer and support from the social worker and project manager.

Iris Susy Nohemi Xol Chub, Ancelmo Crisanto Chub Ical is her husband. She has a 3-year-old son Dilan Elian Ancelmo Chub Xol.

Maria Elena Tiul Choc. Her husband is Sebastián Paná Cú. Their children are now adults.
They are even working into the night.

Sulema Beatríz Choc Butz with her 2-year-old son Jonatán Misael. Her parents are Elvira Butz and Sebastián Choc.
Women work while caring for their young children.

Because of the rocky soil, in addition to the greenhouses, they grow corn in black plastic bags, protecting the seeds from the chickens’ hungry beaks.

Estela Tux Caal (Her husband is Tomas Ché Coy) They don’t have young children.
Marta Julia Choc Choc Chub.  Her husband is Domingo Coc Contreras. Ervin Julio Ical Tut is her 5-year-old grandson.
Her son José Domingo is 16-years-old and she has other older children, as well.

They are taught how to sanitize and disinfect the soil, how often to use fertilizer and insecticide, how deep and how far apart to plant for each type of vegetable and how often to water their crops – with a system designed for even those who cannot read or write.  You can see the pride on their faces and the new hope that they are embracing.

Magdalena Domingo Paíz and Francisco Felipe Laines, Their children: Cristián Rinaldo 15 years old, Nilmar Isaac 12 years old y Gabriela Isabel 3 years old.
María Santos Tzuy Choc. She is a widow.  The COCODE asked that she be part of the greenhouses program. 
Despite a difficult life, she is now able to feed her family with the crops that she is growing.

It is thanks to caring friends like you that all of this is possible, in an area in which no governmental or nongovernmental organization has ever provided resources.

Thank you for making “the impossible,” possible, and for truly contributing to repair this world.