Stories: Doña Maria Paxtor Gonzales


Photo: Domingo Lopez

Photo: Domingo Lopez

Doña Maria Paxtor Gonzales of Cuesta del Aire, Guatemala, shows off her crop of carrots. Gonzales takes part in a CWS-supported food security program that helps to empower women in a traditionally patriarchal society, while tackling her community’s challenges in finding a stable source of nutritious food.

Before she was part of the CWS program, her family struggled to have a nutritious diet and vegetables were a luxury they could not afford. They primarily lived on corn crops and struggled to live day to day.

Now, together with other indigenous families, she is learning new gardening techniques, including organic composting, that increase her yields in her family garden and help her provide better nutrition for her children. A new community seed bank helps ensure that her village will have access to the seeds they need in the future when they plant fruits and vegetables.