WOMEN keep the land in their hearts in Paraguay
"AMUCAP is very important for the women in our community. It is through this organization that we get to know one other, exchange ideas, collaborate in preparing daily meals for our families and learn techniques for organic farming and marketing our crops. The fact that women can now go to the market to sell their products allows them to feel that they are part of a whole. Farming in the countryside is impossible without the labour of women!"
Marta García was raised within an activist family that was part of a peasant movement. After completing studies in education, she went to San Pedro, where she worked as a voluntary teacher for 8 years. She then undertook successful nursing studies in Cuba. Upon her return in Paraguay, she faced many difficulties in trying to find work, so she decided to dedicate her life to activism. This is how she became involved in various women’s organizations since 2007.
Partner Description: Decidamos
The work of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is essential in Paraguay’s current context, where the expanding cultivation of soya as a monoculture goes hand in hand with an increased concentration of agricultural land in the hands of a minority. Most small landowners do not have proper land titles and wind up expelled from their land, which increases levels of poverty. The work of our partner Decidamos aims to reinforce peasant organizations so that they can promote farming that is respectful of the environment and defend peasant rights before the authorities. Marta García is a member of AMUCAP (the Association of Women Peasants of Caaguazú), an organization supported by Decidamos. Founded in August 2015, AMUCAP brings together Indigenous women farmers from southeastern Paraguay who are taking action for a society based on social justice, while promoting food sovereignty and organic farming. Thanks to advocacy work done by the women of AMUCAP, the municipal authorities gave them permission to hold farmers’ markets. These enable women to sell their products and gain a weekly wage.
AMUCAP gathers women from
more than 120 farmer and Indigenous families.
18 agricultural fairs
have taken place since the beginning of the project.
Support the women of Paraguay in their appeal for a society based on social justice.