It was special to see a group of farmers that have never owned land, achieve something that will benefit them and their future generations. As Guatemala has a long, long history of land rights struggles, it's encouraging to see that at least some local farmers are receiving the basic necessity to build a better future for their families: a title deed to their land.
Here are the few of the details of the purchase:
- 75 families received land, all as part of an farmers association
- each family will receive about 12 "manzanas" of land (about 21 acres)
- Each family will pay subsidized price of Q11,800 over a maximum of 8 years for their land (through the local association)
- The community will also receive support with various production projects to help them get started (pineapple, cacao, reforestation, cattle, and tilapia)
- Their are about 1500 acres in the community, and the sale price (from a private owner to the government) was Q2,400,852.50. This implies that the land is worth about $210/acre.