Mano de Leon, is a rural indigenous community of Mayan families accessible by foot, motor scooter and 4 wheel drive. The community grows primarily corn. There are approximately three thousand (3000) non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) working in Guatemala. Many provide food boxes and other “hand outs” creating a culture of dependency. Fruit commands a higher price than corn. The fruit trees will help the community to become self sufficient and provide a more varied diet and income to buy additional food.
Carrying the Trees up the Mountain
Children carry the fruit trees (lemon, lime, orange, apple, peach, avocado and fig) up the mountain to Mano de Leon about a two and a half hour walk round trip.
Contento chooses a fig tree.
Packing the Fruit Trees
Packing the fruit trees for the ride up the mountain.
The community has one teacher for children grades one through three. The older children walk down the mountain to attend school.