The farmers in Belén Gualcho produce and export a brand
The farmers in Belén Gualcho have just begun to produce and export a brand new product, French style green beans! PAG has been working for years with these farmers providing training and technical assistance as well as agricultural infrastructure and irrigation. After years of only harvesting corn and beans, these small rural producers have learned the importance of crop diversification which positively affects their families’ health and livelihood. Since the green bean is a product that is exported to Guatemala, the local farmers are required to produce it in very large quantities and on large areas of land. This means the hiring of hundreds of Lenca families to help in the different processes including planting, fertilizing, harvesting and packing. Since the beginning of 2013, the producers have exported a total of 410,000 pounds of green beans!