The primary issue for Sonsonate is poverty, where the Nahuat community lives at a subsistence level.  Over the past five years, community food security success include:

  • Restored nearly six acres on denuded land for sustainable farming and biodiversity
  • Built an ecological wastewater treatment system, providing soil seed and farm supplies for five acres of corn, beans, and squash
  • Installed a rainwater collection system to collect rain at the top of the ridge and gravity feed irrigation water to the fields below. 
  • Planted over one hundred trees to enhance surrounding biodiversity, and
  • Built several high-efficiency stoves to keep the air clean, save wood, and address the respiratory problems of women who otherwise breathe wood smoke in working over open cookfire stoves.

Efficient stoves as appropriate technology

This work provides a demonstration of the possibilities to the greater community, provides a forum for interchange between different indigenous groups in El Salvador, and helps build capacity for community food security throughout the community, to replicate projects and benefits beyond the site.

Water health for Nahuat in Sonosonate

Future work plans include further reforestation of aboriginal lands of the Nahuat people of El Salvador, Son Sonate Maquiliguantz, and restoration of aboriginal farming, with water purification systems and alternative fuels for the  Maya, Nahuat & Lenca peoples of El Salvador; Morazan, Guatajigua, Sonsonate Izalco

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