Community Life: 

  • Chiraxaj is four miles north of the municipal seat of Santa Apolonia and is home to 65 families.
  • The components of its name are “Chi,” meaning “place,” and “Raxaj,” meaning “horse tail,” so “Chiraxaj” means “place of the horsetail plants” in the Kaqchikel language.
  • The village was founded in 1932.
  • The primary productive activity in the village is agriculture. Corn and beans are the main crops, but they also grow potatoes, sweet peas, carrots, strawberries, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.
  • There is a school in the community, with grades from pre-primary to sixth and a total of 52 children attending.
  • 50 percent of the population is Catholic and 50 percent is evangelical.
  • Even if accessible during the whole year, almost 100 percent of their roads are unpaved.

Our Partnership:

We partnered with Chiraxaj from July of 2017 through June of 2019 to complete the following programs:

  • Community Mobilization and Empowerment: Complete
  • Nutrition: Complete
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: Complete. The potable water system, sanitary latrines, gray water filters, and efficient stoves were finished in April of 2018.
  • Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): Complete 
  • Family Planning: Complete
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: Complete

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