We continue with our series, “Letters to the World,” in which the communities of Berlín have an opportunity to share their own stories, histories, and worldviews in their own words. This time, we hear from a women’s group in the community of Talpetates.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pastoral House and people that accompany them.
We meet as a Directiva of the AMATFUM association. Giving you all a friendly greeting from all of us. And we hope that your daily work labors may be successful.
How the group arose.
Ms. Norma Elizabeth Zepoda went as an ADESCO member to the Pastoral House. Susana of Jícaro [another community] proposed a meeting that in Santa Tecla at the Rural Women’s Roundtable. They were supporting women and delegating Ms. Norma Zepeda to go to meetings. Then as a result of little participation from the communities, it was said that the Women’s Group in the Cantón of Talpetates, Higueral should be made. On Thursday September 13th 2012 the group started to form with 33 people from different areas participating and the Pastoral House as a support. Blanca, Cecilia, and Kathy came to organize us with these people ending up elected:
President: Norma Elizabeth Zepeda
Vice President: Rosa Argentina Guevara
Secretary: Eligia Marina Ortez
Pro-Secretary: Ruth Elizabeth Garcia
Treasurer: Vilma de la Paz Zelaya
Pro-Treasurer: Cecilia del Carmen Velasquez
Sindicate: Maria Idalia Amaya
First Member At Large: Reina Lorena Mejia
Second Member At Large: Zulma Dolores Molina
Third Member at Large: Cruz Alicia Cruz
Fourth Member at Large: Evelin Patricia Alfaro
In this way the organization AMATFUM was organizing, always continuing month to month that she [the President] was going to go to the Rural Women’s Roundtable and every two months to the Pastoral House. And we started to mobilize to sort out the paperwork agreeing to 2 quarters of collaboration for Directiva members’ trips and to legalize or publicize the statutes. The Pastoral House collaborated with $50 and the municipal government $20 the rest all the members collaborated for the publication of our statutes leaving us legally constituted.
On Thursday the 4th of October of 2012 it was the swearing in with the Directiva, the mayor’s office, and the community of the members of the group.
In that process of the meetings where they went to the ministry the first project was obtained with Prodemoro that benefitted 150 families. That came to us on the 20th of October of 2013. PAF-SAM is nearby communities like Carballo, Chaparo, Higueral, Talpetates, etc. In the passage of a year chairs were requested from the Pastoral House and they donated 20 chairs to us. Then Tuesday the 7th of October of 2014 the Diretiva was re-elected to be once again…
Some of the same companions remained, some in the same positions. The President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sindicate were not able to be changed. The project of Prodemoro conceived of it this way as a result of the paperwork that had to be signed. In the passing of this year the Pastoral House benefited 35 families with fertilizer. A sack per family; but [as a result of] the drought we lost the first harvest we were left with only the second.
CENTA has supported us with technical assistance in the project that we had last year from Paf-Sam. And in this Rural Women’s Roundtable we have a project that two years ago was executed of pumps to irrigate when there is a drought but it has not been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock; it is in process.
The AMERICARE clinic has been supporting us for three years with talks and a small donation to all the families of the group. In this 2016 year ISTA is supporting some members with land and home gardens. And we are members of the Empowered Women’s Roundtable, leaders at the national level through the union of generous participant Carmen Medina the coordinator and our president of ISTA, Carla Albanez.
In the month of May in the Rural Women’s Roundtable the aid to all the associations that the ministry was going to help with 10 grain silos per association; it is in process.
In the month of June 2016 the 17th the Pastoral House supported 38 families with a little sack of fertilizer for the corn harvests from this year. This winter is rather good, may God grant that this continues.
The majority of the members dedicate ourselves to agriculture, others to business, sale of cheeses, domestic chores, sales, etc. The good thing about the group is the organization. The organization helps a lot with the governmental institutions, NGOs, mayor’s office, etc. One is listened to by whatever civil servant or whomever it is. Being organized is very valuable, the Cantón Talpetates has an irrigation district by means of the San Simón River there are springs in Borbonon, la Pipisina, Cacao de Nance, and so on.