This 11-month project, run by Centro Esperanza, will accompany, train and provide material support to 35 rural families whose houses, lands, crops, animals, irrigation system, and water supply were damaged or destroyed in 2017 by flooding caused by El Niño. Historically these families have made their meagre livelihoods from small animal husbandry, from other micro-enterprises and from serving as occasional farm labourers on nearby plantations. Although they suffered great losses during the 2017 floods, most of them did not qualify for government assistance because most are renters, rather than owners, of their houses and lands. Their access to state services and support is further hampered by the fact that the authorities of the nearest municipalities.
The project will help these small farmers develop personally and as a community, drawing on their own skills and resources as well as on the expertise of workshop facilitators to organize, share resources, follow environmentally sound practices, promote the participation of women in leadership roles, and negotiate with state bodies.
The project will also provide funds to deepen the community well (now almost dry), install an electric pump and electricity in the community, and purchase small animals and other supplies. These tools and supplies will allow community members to make environmentally sound use of agricultural waste (as compost and to produce animal feed), strengthen their animal husbandry businesses, ensure a clean water supply, generate income, and improve their living conditions.