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Coco fruitOverview

Grantee partners: 3
IAF commitment: $449,565
Counterpart commitment: $393,212
Total investment: $847,777
Areas of emphasis: Education/training, enterprise development, agriculture/food production, the environment, cultural expression

Contact information

Jose Toasa, Foundation Representative
Monica Radwan, Program Assistant
Luis Cortez, Local Liason

Active Grantees

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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. 

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.

Our Circle (OC) supports excluded populations in Belize to play a more active role in improving their living conditions by learning more about their needs and experiences and providing working capital to facilitate market access for their products.