In 2009, Susana Fallas (’01, Costa Rica) created the Hijos de la Tierra Foundation (Hijos de la
Tierra translates as Children of the Earth), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and
addressing the needs of rural communities in several states in Mexico.
Today, her organization offers practical workshops based on the needs and interests of the
communities she serves. Over the years, her Foundation has implemented workshops on organic
fertilizers, waste water treatment, integrated farm management, livestock nutrition, rainwater
collection, palm oil processing and cacao production, to name a few.
“What we are striving for is to generate social action; this is the most important part of what we do,”
says of the Foundation.
“We’re not an organization that transmits technology, but rather a group that
transmits knowledge, so that people can make their own decisions in the development of their communities.”
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