Chickens are common in rural Guatemala and eggs are a perfect food for families in poverty! Since 2015, we have offered a course for women called “How to Raise Chickens at Home.” Again, most families have experience with chickens but maybe don’t know how to raise them effectively and efficiently, and the course goes into detail about identifying illnesses, how to vaccinate, proper space and coop construction (even from repurposing old materials), alternate sources of nutrition such as kitchen scraps and herbs, and raising chickens for extra income (through eggs or meat). When the women finish the course, they receive chickens as a reward for their participation, so they can put their new knowledge into practice right away. This class is offered by Irvin at Huertos Räxjuyú (Resh-Who-YOU) and, while it started here at Small Change 4 Big Change, has now been taught at several other local nonprofits!



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