- 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.
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
Photos by Javier Borrayo