Grantee partners: 4
IAF commitment: $501,445
Counterpart commitment: $452,742
Total investment: $954,187
Areas of emphasis: Education/training, enterprise development, agriculture/food production, the environment, cultural expression
Jose Toasa, Foundation Representative
Tasha Torchon, Program Assistant
Luis Cortez, Local Liason
Ya’axché Conservation Trust (YCT) will work with 72 farmers from six communities in the Toledo district to develop their leadership and organizational skills as well as their agroforestry practices. The farmers will learn techniques to apply to their cultivation of staple foods for consumption as well as cacao as a cash crop. The grant will directly benefit the farmers involved and their families and will indirectly benefit another 350 farmers and their families.
Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) will train residents of Crique Sarco, a Q’qechi’ community located in the Toledo district, to map their land and resources and manage them according to their indigenous traditions and in compliance with Belizean law. With technical assistance from IAF Guatemalan grantee Sa Qa Chol Nimla K’aleb’aal (SANK), Crique Sarco’s residents will survey their land, demarcate their boundaries and file these with the appropriate authorities. The collaboration will benefit 320 Q’qechi’ directly and another 1,000 indirectly.
Julián Cho Society (JCS) will use community radio to convey information to the residents of Maya villages, encourage traditional forms of decision-making and consensus-building, further the participation of Maya women in community life and bring more visibility to the efforts of the Maya people to improve their well-being. The work will directly involve 120 residents of the 39 Maya villages served and benefit another 20,000 residents.
Na' Lu'um Cacao Institute (NLCI), a grassroots organization, will provide training on agroecological practices to cacao farmers in the districts of Stan Creek, Cayo and Toledo, Belize. Grant activities are aimed at increasing yields, improving crop quality, promoting food security and encouraging collective sales. This grant will benefit about 300 people directly and 1,500 indirectly.