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Parajbey, Santa Apolonia

Community Life:

  • The community of Parajbey is made up of 200 Maya Kaqchikel families.
  • The village was founded by two families-the Tubacs and the Ajtzacs-in 1846.
  • Parajbey is in the municipal district of Santa Apolonia. It is close to other Santa Apolonia villages and also those from other two municipalities: San José Poaquil and Tecpán.
  • The main productive activity in the community, apart from agriculture, is the making of clay pots, which are sold in one of the main markets of Guatemala City by intermediaries.

Our Partnership:

When we began working with Parajbey in July 2014, 63 percent of the community’s children under five suffered from chronic malnutrition. So far, that rate has been reduced to 38 percent.

Integrated Approach to Development: Parajbey’s Progress to Date

  • Community Mobilization and Empowerment: In Progress  (Began in July of 2014 with completion expected in June 2016) Just a few short months into our partnership, youth who participate in empowerment activities started their own agricultural project: growing oyster mushrooms on corn cobs.
  • Nutrition: In Progress (Began in July of 2014 with completion expected June 2016)
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: Completed (Began in October of 2014 and completed May 2015). Latrines, vented stoves, gray water filters, and the potable water system have all been installed.
  • Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): In Progress (Began in July of 2014 with completion expected June 2016)
  • Family Planning: In Progress (Began in July of 2014 with completion expected June 2016)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction: In Progress (Began in January of 2015 with completion expected June 2016)

Community Perspectives:

“Before, I was a very shy person, but with the training I have received from ABPD/ALDEA, I am now one of the community promoters. I have learned many things, and I give talks to other women about women’s rights, family planning, hygiene, nutrition and self-esteem. I have seen a big change in the community. Most families have many children and they have no money to feed them properly, but now the couples are using family planning methods and deciding how many children they want to have and when. This has been possible thanks to the ABPD/ALDEA’s work in the community.”

-Glenda Beatriz Sisimit Colon (23)


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