Assisted by the Productive Diversification Project
Women are Leading Agriculture Infrastructure projects



In the community of Tres Cruces, Marcala, in La Paz department, women are distributing their time not only to be housewives, but also agriculture women producers and even women constructors.

With the trowel and cement at hand, Amparo Osorio is placing bricks to build the support posts of the main conduction line for the irrigation system that will benefit about 100 families (close to 420 persons) that are currently participating in the Productive Diversification Project, financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras and implemented by COOMUPL, (Cooperativa Mixta Unidas para Progresar Limitada) which is working in alliance with the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR/PROGRESSIO).

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Amparo Osorio in full construction activity, preparing the support posts to protect the piping of the main conduction line, at critical sections of the terrain.

Panoramic view of the conduction line of the irrigation system, whose support posts have been build by local labor, provided by women beneficiaries of the Productive Diversification Project.

Amparo Osorio and other Project Beneficiary working in building the irrigation system.

Women distribute their time not only to be housewives, but also agriculture women producers and even women constructors.

Amparo is one of the 15 women producers working in the construction of the irrigation system. The support posts are part of the structure needed to hold up the piping needed to conduct the water from the main valve to the 10,000-gallon tank. This water will be used to irrigate the parcels through three distribution lines stretching from the tank to the communities of Mezcalito, Fatima and Planes, in Marcala.

To build this system, it has been necessary active participation from the beneficiary families, which have contributed with non-qualified labor, including hauling construction materials such as rocks, cement, sand and iron rods.

The Productive Diversification Project is aimed at increasing the income of beneficiary families (60 “headed” by women and 40 by men), by habilitating 21 hectares of irrigated land to produce horticulture crops.

 


2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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