The most common occupation in rural Totonicapán, Guatemala, is subsistence agriculture (people whose occupation is growing food for themselves and their families). Ongoing droughts, the economic lockdowns of COVID, and escalating prices for basic staples have made it even more difficult for families to meet the basic nutritional needs. Indigenous Guatemalans experience the highest levels of malnourishment in the Western Hemisphere.
Climate-based anomalies ensure that Totonicapán's subsistence farmers and their families will continue to deal with chronic food security issues. Therefore, Mujerave supports initiatives that include:
- The construction of greenhouses
- Agro-forestry workshops
- Family gardens, which include traditional and medicinal plants
- Rain-water catchment systems to provide crops with adequate water supply
- Grey-water recycling filtration systems to provide crops with adequate water supply
- The production and use of organic fertilizers to improve soil conditions