Marta Santos Carrillo and five other women in this small community of El Quiché Guatemala used a micro-irrigation system donated by IFAD to grow beans. Employment generation for women – there are 100 women with new jobs thanks to the work of the IFAD-funded FIDA Occidente program – has produced a positive change in family dynamics by bettering women’s self-esteem and education level. General health and living conditions in the community have also improved. In this Spanish interview, Santos Carrillo reveals her views on the changing roles of gender and machismo in Guatemala.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries and its mission is to enable poor rural people to overcome poverty.