International Institute of Indigenous Science
SONSONATE, El Savador
The primary issue for Sonsonate is poverty, where the Nahuat Peoples live at a subsistence level.
Over the past nine years, community food security successes include:
Restored nearly six acres on denuded land for sustainable farming and biodiversity
Built an ecological wastewater treatment system, providing soil seed and farm supplies for five acres of corn, beans, and squash
Installed a rainwater collection system to collect rain at the top of the ridge and gravity feed irrigation water to the fields below.
Planted over 7,000 trees to enhance surrounding biodiversity to traditional community houses
Built several high-efficiency stoves to keep the air clean, save wood, and address the respiratory problems of women who otherwise would breathe wood smoke working over open cookfire stoves.
This work provides a demonstration of the possibilities to the greater community, provides a forum for interchange between different indigenous groups in Meso-America, and helps build capacity for community food security and to replicate projects and benefits beyond the site.