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Agroamerica carries out an ophthalmology consult day for employees

Agroamerica carries out an ophthalmology consult day for employees

Guatemala, September 2012. More than 50 employees from Agroamerica had free eye exams in the office.

Agroamerica cares about the health of their workers and that is why they organized an eye exam day in the company and negotiated special prices and payment facilities with the ophthalmological clinic, to help the workers who needed it.

Last week, 54 workers benefited from the ophthalmologist clinic services and the support given by Agroamerica by helping them pay for their glasses and lenses in three payments.

The employees thanked Agroamérica and commented:

“With this event we had the opportunity to renovate our old glasses. The payment facilities given by the company, will help us a lot”, Elida Martinez, person in charge of cleaning.

“With these events we do not have to leave work, because there is no time to do these kind of things. We have the eye exam right here and the payment facilities help us buy what we need”, Luis Godoy, person in charge of maintenance.

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Agroamerica fights hunger in Guatemala’s southwest

Agroamerica fights hunger in Guatemala’s southwest

Guatemala, august 2012. Agroamerica, in partnership with the Nutritional Food Security Secretariat- SESAN [for its initials in Spanish], is carrying out the “Nutritional Reinforcement with Bananas” Project to prevent acute malnutrition in the municipalities of San Pablo and Sibinal of the department of San Marcos, which have been given priority by the government because of its high rates of malnutrition.

For three months, Agroamerica will donate 650,000 bananas to 109 families with cases of acute malnutrition and the School Boards of 220 public schools for the food snack program. With this project, 150 schools and 2,500 families will benefit weekly for a 14 week period.

For its part, SESAN will give training to the beneficiaries on the different forms for preparing and consuming the banana and its nutritional properties.

Luis Enrique Monterroso, secretary of SESAN, Luis Rivera, departmental governor of San Marcos, Bernardo Roehrs, corporative director of Agroamerica, and municipal and communal authorities participated in the inauguration of the project, held in Sibinal.

Luis Enrique Monterroso of SESAN stated: “We have already made three deliveries in Sibinal. Fifty thousand bananas weekly were distributed in 77 schools of this municipality”.

“The productive sector has always wanted to promote initiatives such as these. One of the pillars, in Agroamerica, is empowerment and community development, and with this project focused on reducing malnutrition, we can help the community overcome it. A malnourished population cannot make it”, commented Bernardo Roehrs, from Agroamerica.

Yanira Fuentes del Valle, housewife of Sibinal, stated: “This is a good project because the banana is a very nutritious fruit. The trainings will help us learn make different recipes with the bananas”.

On the news:

Telediario:

http://telediario.com.gt/index.php?id=191&id_seccion=187&id_noticia=96181

Prensa Libre

http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/comunitario/Entregan-bananos-combatir-hambre_0_763123972.html?print=1

Government of Guatemala

http://www.guatemala.gob.gt/index.php/2011-08-04-18-06-26/item/1291-entregan-alimentos-en-sibinal-san-marcos-para-combatir-la-desnutrici%C3%B3n

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Agroamerica, Art auction will help fund scholarships to study in El Zamorano

Agroamerica, Art auction will help fund scholarships to study in El Zamorano

Guatemala, Septiembre 2012. For the second consecutive year, the XNOX/BAM art auction to benefit the Endowment Fund for Agricultural Development in Guatemala of the school El Zamorano, which grants scholarships for young people from the rural areas, will take place. Currently there are four Guatemalan scholarship holders: uri Tecún, José Buezo, Pedro Carrillo and Manuel de Jesús García Chaclán.

Agroamerica provides $25,000 to the Fund to support students with limited resources, for five years. Among the scholarships holders financed by the company, is Yuri Tecún, a student from San Marcos who shares how she has excelled herself.

“My name is Yuri Tecún, I currently live in the municipality of Mixco, Guatemala, but my family comes from El Tumbador, San Marcos. I come from a low income family; my mother is a fighter who has raised my brothers and me. She does odd jobs in order to give us everything necessary and has always given us support to study. Ever since I was a child, I dreamt I had a university career so that I could help my family. Thank God, I had the opportunity to study in institutions of academic excellence. I studied at the National Central School of Agriculture (public) thanks to a full scholarship, that?s where I got interested in agriculture and enrolled in El Zamorano in 2008, the first year was funded by USAID and the last three years by the Endowment Fund for Agricultural Development in Guatemala.”

For more stories, visit: http://www.bamxnox.com/zamorano/testimonios-becarios-universidad-zamorano

The auction will have 7 works by Antonia Matos. Besides, 80 lots of internationally and nationally recognized artists will be auctioned. The auction will take place at Torres Pradera, on September 20, at 7 p.m.

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