Gardens for Good

Rural women in El Salvador will learn techniques to grow their own produce in order to improve nutrition for themselves and their families

SHARE El Salvador

Our story

The central objective of this project is to train women in rural areas of El Salvador in agricultural management so that they may grow their own gardens and improve nutrition for themselves and their families. Nutrition is vital to health, as our bodies can only function properly when provided with adequate vitamins and minerals. When you’re living on just a few dollars a day, getting proper nutrition can be extremely difficult. In rural areas of El Salvador, access to good nutrition is very limited. According to the World Food Programme, almost 20% of children under the age of 5 in El Salvador are chronically under-nourished. The women and families in the communities we accompany are calling for better access to healthy, nutrient-rich foods.

Through this project, we aim to transcend the top-down charity approach that tends to predominate hunger-alleviation work. By teaching rural women to produce their own food, they will be able to secure proper nutrition for themselves and their families for a lifetime. Furthermore, the money they save goes toward a community savings and loans fund that acts as a source of capital for initiatives like small businesses so that members may lift themselves out of poverty.

Why it matters?

This goal is both vital and urgent. According to data from the National Board of Food and Nutritional Security, 900,000 people in El Salvador are undernourished. In El Salvador, as is the case in many parts of the world, food is not considered a human right. The people of El Salvador have been struggling for years to guarantee food as a universal human right. Even the international community has joined in on the cause. According to the World Food Programme, nearly 20% of children under the age of 5 are malnourished, with a greater concentration in rural areas. Children in rural parts of the country are twice as likely to be underweight and below average height when compared to children in urban areas. These children and families cannot wait. They need your help now.

How will the funds be used?

This project is implemented through our project partner CRIPDES. Progress will be measured twice a year, based on the number of people served, funds spent, and any challenges or unanticipated benefits.



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Naceres Jose Artiga E

in honor of Barbara Schaible

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P E Campos Medina

Great project. Glad to support women and healthy eating opportunities.

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Naceres Jose Artiga E

In honor of Jorge Granados

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Naceres Jose Artiga E

In honor of Salvador Menjivar

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Anonymous

Blessings to all that make this happen!

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Kathleen S. duffy

Gardens are good!

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Jennifer Tridle

My El Salvadoran friends, You are all amazing and loved! Grow beautiful food for beautiful people!

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Frances Kennedy

Para que cresca el proyecto

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can el amor del Beacon Presbyterian Fellowship of Oakland

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Jane A. Collins

Love and prayers for my Salvadoran sisters and brothers

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Lisa Tarver

Adelante mujeres!

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on behalf of William Joyce

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Alexandra Aquino-Fike

Great job SHARE El Salvador! Love you guys!

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Marisa Avelar

Con amor, esperanza y solidaridad

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Cathy Anne Howell

Hola from Oregon - Adelante SHARE

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Carlos H Campos Sr.

Queridos amigos Salvadoreños apoyemos nuestras familias con mas necesidades.

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JOSE ARTIGA

APOYAMOS EL TRAABAJO DE LAS MUJERES EN EL SALVADOR

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The team

Jose Artiga

Executive Director Jose Artiga left El Salvador for San Francisco in 1980 after a narrow escape from an assault by a death squad. He is a national leader with Salvadorans in the United States and has been the Executive Director of SHARE since the mid- 1990s.

Isabel Hernandez

Field Office Director

Isabel Hernandez has lived among and worked with the people of El Salvador all of her life, even through the years of the Civil War. She works directly with SHARE’s partner organization CRIPDES to insure proper coordination and implementation of projects.

Katherine Wilson

Katherine works with individuals, foundations, and other organizations to secure funding for SHARE’s projects and operations, and to help create an experience that enriches the missions and passions of these entities.



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