Pavit was founded around 1960, 7.5 miles north of the municipal seat of Comalapa. The community is home to 120 families. “Pavit” means “güité” in the Kaqchikel language, which is a kind of tree that was used to be very common in the area. The population is 60 percent Catholic and 40 percent Evangelical.
Agriculture is the main productive activity in the village, and people grow corn and beans but also coffee, squash, and sweet peas. Some families who don’t have access to land work for larger farms, where men are paid $6.50 per day and women $4.00 per day.
Pavit has a primary school, where 120 students attend kindergarten through sixth grade. There is a health post in the community that offers basic medical attention once per week and also vaccines for children. Ninety-five percent homes have electricity, and 85 percent of the roads are dirt.
ALDEA and ABPD began working with 120 Pavit families in July 2019 that completed our integrated program in May 2023. Click here to learn more about how we work with our partner communities and visit our blog to stay up to date with the latest developments on the ground in Guatemala!