With a long-term vision, we initiated important projects in the productive field. The cooperative supports its membership initiatives. With the effort and the work of the community, the outcomes of these projects generate resources to support other efforts related to health, education and recreation. Taking into consideration the principles of solidarity and organization, we all have access to the land to promote various projects.
Starting from the interest of groups made up from two to seven interested people, different projects are promoted. The cooperative is responsible for getting the financing, and the profits are divided by the number of members, the cooperative being one of these members.
We have also developed production and diversification projects, incorporating an irrigation system and composting for the cultivation of citrus fruit, tomatoes, pineapples, papaya and watermelon. Projects have been developed in woodworking and raising poultry, as well as demonstration plots and beekeeping. The honey we produce has been awarded first place in the department of Petén for its quality.
An essential aspect is the marketing of fruit, honey, livestock, and eggs to local markets. There are two collection centers and a truck, but capital is needed. We have conducted community research processes for the generic improvement of livestock production, marketing and a native seed bank.
We conduct marketing through what we call Solidarity Economy, which means individual projects.
These projects are mainly agricultural in character, carried out in plots that are available to everyone, in which they produce, for example, corn, beans, and other basic products for their own consumption.
The Cooperative has defined five collective projects; reforestation, fish farming, raising livestock, and community store and solidarity tourism. The benefits of the projects are intended for every member of the cooperative. Every member should contribute four days of work per month to one of the projects.
Reforestation: Some 145 hectares were seeded with a species of Guatemalan pine, Pinus Caribaea. This project was originally considered almost impossible because of the type of soil. Nevertheless, an important level of development has been achieved through appropriate use of the soil and natural resources, contributing in this way to maintaining the environment and its ecosystems. This initiative was recognized by the government of former President Oscar Berger and the National Institute of Public Administration, receiving first place in reforestation.
Fish farming: A fish species known as “tilapia” or “mojarra” is being raised (about 35,000) for local consumption and for marketing in nearby communities.
Livestock: This project began with seven head of cattle and currently has grown to a herd of 500, which are destined for internal consumption and sale in local markets.
Community store: This store offers the community basic goods at market prices, but within the community