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Transforming Lives

BEFORE: Women are learning about systems of the human body in their language, Quiché

BEFORE - The World Health Organization does not consider traditional birth attendants sufficiently skilled to manage normal deliveries and diagnose, manage, and refer obstetric complications. USAID is supporting midwife training in villages across Guatemala.

Photo of the bottles before transformation

BEFORE - Wine, champagne, and beer bottles that are considered rubbish by most are thrown out at restaurants and residences in upscale neighborhoods in Guatemala City. A small team of artisans collects these bottles and transforms them into works of art.

AFTER - This hearing room at the newly renovated court is open 24 hours a day
BEFORE - This building was renovated for the new 24-hour court, where suspects detained by the police are immediately given a hearing before a decision is made to send them to jail.

BEFORE: Farmers put their health and even their lives at risk when using slash and burn techniques.

BEFORE - Farmers put their health and even their lives at risk when using slash and burn techniques. With little protection and little knowledge of safety procedures, Mayan farmers or hired workers often had serious or fatal accidents while burning fields in preparation for new crops to be planted.

BEFORE: The Guatemalan village of Chirijuyú, whose residents lived in poverty

José Luis Lux, a vegetable producer in the community of Chirijuyú in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango Department, and his family lived in extreme poverty. That changed in 1993 when his family led the community to establish an association of agricultural producers, Labradores Mayas (“Mayan Workers”), which sold vegetables to middlemen. With USAID support, the association strengthened production, became certified on international food regulation practices, and systematized administrative functions to comply with international buyer requirements.


Last updated: November 20, 2014

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