Location: Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Size: 108 acres
Population: 20 families
Ended Agros Support: 2012
In April 2004, 24 families in the Barillas family organized themselves to seek help as a group in order to buy land. In doing so, they hoped to improve their living conditions and establish their own community. The group, led by president Pablo Juan Pablo, received a long-term loan from Agros to purchase land on the Finca Ultra Marina, about 0.2 miles from where they lived. Among the community’s goals in addition to farming were ownership of a store and corn grinder and learning important skills such as bricklaying, carpentry, baking and weaving. A few members of the community also had interest in training about health promotion and midwifery.
The land that the group purchased is located near the Agros village, Nueva Primavera, and is roughly 13 miles from the market in the larger town of Barillas. The land is situated on a road, which has made community accessible. The land offers natural resources and the community began to focus on diversifying their farms.