The Maya Nut Program provides a new paradigm of community based conservation which focuses on women as the caretakers of the family and the environment. By providing women with the skills they need to earn income and feed their children, we improve women's lives and the lives of their families.
Our program is unique because it addresses key factors for sustainable livelihoods in one program: Sociocultural, Environmental and Economic
We train rural women about the nutrition, processing, recipes and marketing of Maya Nut, this motivates them to conserve rainforest, plant trees and get organized to produce and market Maya Nut products so that they can earn income.
One Maya Nut tree can produce up to 400lb of food per year!
A family with 30 mature trees can improve their food supply, health and income.
Maya Nut leaves are excellent fodder for cows and goats, providing yet another benefit for families.