Cultivating Agriculture and Economic Development in Santa Rosa

Support farmers struggling to provide for their families and communities

Poor farming communities surround the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima. Many of its farmers do not have the knowledge or resources to provide for their families. For many, these dire situations force the men to leave and pursue economic opportunity in other countries, leaving women and children home alone.

To address this, Cross Catholic Outreach has partnered with Father Raúl Monterroso to develop an agriculture and economic development plan that will benefit 1,528 villagers in 11 farming communities across Santa Rosa.

Join us in this campaign to free the people of Santa Rosa from the clutches of poverty. Your commitment to the region’s economic sustainability can transform their lives both spiritually and materially.

Campaign Highlight

Your gift will help 1,528 villagers receive the necessary supplies and training to improve their yields and attain a new level of economic independence.

The Cycle of Extreme Poverty

More than half of all Guatemalans live below the poverty line. Poverty is so severe that many men feel compelled to leave the country in search of jobs and opportunity.

This leaves women and children in precarious situations. Some rent small parcels of land and try to survive on subsistence farming, but the small profits are usually be turned over to the landowners, contributing to the overall cycle of poverty.

Planting Seeds of Faith

When Fr. Raúl noticed Santa Rosa’s farmers employing harmful practices, he saw an opportunity to share the Word of God and reveal its transforming power.

Santa Rosa’s agriculture program teaches biblical principles in a way that incorporates proven management and agricultural techniques. Farmers follow the natural laws God established in creation, and they attend training workshops on proven farming methods.


> Plan

Family receive seeds, seedlings and fertilizer to plant corn and fruit trees

> Areas impacted

11 communities spread throughout the diocese

> Features

training workshops on crop management and environmental conservation

> Beneficiaries

1,528 villagers

“This program is very close to my heart because it provides the daily bread for the people.”

A Personal Appeal from Fr. Raúl

“This program is very close to my heart because it provides the daily bread for the people. At the end of the harvest, families can sell their product, send their children to school, and buy medicines when needed.

There is another very important thing I need to mention. This program brings families together, because the work from this program increases family income and stops emigration to other places — including the United States. Therefore, I ask you to continue supporting us in this program.  It has been a great benefit to the poorest families of our diocese.”

Help Now

Farmers in Santa Rosa need your help. Be a part of this mission to improve their crop yields, keep their families together and help them achieve economic independence. Your gift will cultivate the agricultural and economic development of 1,528 villagers in 11 farming communities across Santa Rosa.

Cross Catholic Outreach and Father Raúl Monterroso are working to free the people of Santa Rosa from the clutches of poverty. Click the buttons below to discover the ways you can support this project.

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.


Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2020, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.