Location: Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Size: 183 acres
Population: 20 families / 115 people
Ended Agros Support: 2012
In January 2001, a group of 52 families came together to form a land committee with the intent of searching out possible land opportunities for farming. They projected that over time, they needed to develop housing, agricultural training, animal husbandry and small businesses for the women so that they could move out of poverty. Of the initial 52 families, Agros selected the twenty most needy who had no land and were working on the nearby coffee plantations for a mere $1.20 per day.
After looking at several parcels of land in the region, the land committee identified Finca Ultra Marina in March 2003 to be optimal for beginning a new community. Agros purchased the land in 2004 with the support of a group of generous Microsoft employees. The land offered five natural springs and two small rivers that would provide water for the community. In late 2004, the families began moving to the newly purchased land and working the existing coffee and cardamom crops there. Subsequently, they built houses and focused on increasing their production.