Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Nuevo Horizonte has a range of projects, defined by degree of responsibility and interest. There are projects that involve the entire community, where each person gives a certain amount of his or her time each month, and everyone shares in the final benefits. There are other initiatives proposed by small groups (5 to 8 people) who have a particular interest. These are initially financially supported through loans and the development of expertise from the community, but are the responsibility of the initiating group. The group also receives all the resulting benefits of the project. Finally, there are projects that are proposed and initiated by individuals. Like the small groups, they may seek loans from the community to get them started. All of the projects affer employment, income and experience to members of the community, including the young people.

Small Group Projects
These are projects initiated and managed by small groups within the commnity. Among these you, the visitor, will see acres planted with citrus and pineaple trees, as well as laying hens and egg production, bees and honey production, and demostration plots of peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. You will also get to visit our carpentry workshop where the construction and sale of furniture and other items take place.

Collective Community Projects
These include an impressive 145 hectares of pine trees, (about 1 100 trees per hectare planted and maintained in orchard fashion), a cattle production enterprise with a herd of 430 cattle, and finally, the cultivation of Tilapia (a fish which is a Guatemalan delicacy and served in many restaurants) in our local lagoon. These are thriving projects that have grown from nothing, simply through hard collective offer, and we invite you to visit them and hear the stories of their creation and development.

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