Donations designated for the Egg Producers Project in Guatemala will be used to purchase 250 laying hens for a group of 14 entrepreneurial women in Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala.
The Egg Producers Project takes advantage of an exciting opportunity for small farmers in Guatemala. Primary schools throughout the country are required by the School Food Law - Ley de Alimentación Escolar (Decree 2016-2017) to purchase ingredients for school lunches from local farms. Many schools, however, still buy imported products, such as eggs, from convenience stores. This is because few local farmers have the capacity to sell food products to schools year-round. The goal of the project is to train and empower a group of women farmers to form an association of egg producers for the school in their community.
While serving as a Rural Extension Volunteer in Guatemala, evacuated RPCV Will Penner collaborated with three local partners from Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture and a group of 14 women farmers who came up with the idea to form the association. Together they established community-wide bird vaccination campaigns and farmer-to-farmer training on improved hen-house management practices.
With technical assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture, the group received hands-on training on topics related to bird management and bird health. They applied this knowledge and invested $1,500 to improve their existing hen-houses, and with financial support of $2,500 from the NPCA community, the group will be able to purchase 250 red laying hens to help jumpstart their business.
Will was awarded a project grant through Peace Corps during his service, but upon being evacuated in March 2020, Will and his host community had to forfeit the grant and cancel the project. Will currently lives in Kansas.
NPCA invests 85 percent of the total donations directly to support this project and 15 percent where needed most to support service administration and our overall mission.