El San Juan

  I look at you, River, and I imagine your past. Clear water flowing through lush forest, Cachama swimming through your depths, Ocelots wandering by your banks at night Where monkeys swing and sloths move languidly through the trees. You, River, feed the land. From your mountain source you travel Connecting, shaping the land Until…

Welcome to the Center of Development in San Antonio!

FAGROTES, or the “Weaving Hope Agricultural Foundation” (Spanish: Fundación AGROpecuaria Tejiendo ESperanza), is a non-profit organization in the San Juan region of Chocó. It originated as a branch of the social ministry of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Chocó in 2009. In an economically impoverished context affected by violence associated with the cultivation of illicit…

Food Security and Livelihoods: How the Mennonite Brethren Church Used Rice Production to Secure Food and Build Peace in Communities in Chocó.

It has been almost 9 years since the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church’s agriculture foundation, known in Spanish as Foundacion Agropecuaria Tejiendo Esperanza (FAGROTES), started working with farmers to grow rice and later cacao at a large scale in the municipalities of the San Juan, Chocó – Colombia. Initially, the desire to work with farmers to…

I am Grateful…

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison, p. 109…