Strategies for International Development requests $30,000 for its poverty graduation efforts in Alta Verapez. Alta Verapez is both the poorest department in Guatemala as well as the department with the highest rates of poverty and the most families producing coffee. In 2017, SID plans to work with 850 farm families in 28 communities to increase their income by nearly $300, thereby graduating from poverty. Sub-objectives of this initiative include improved business decisions, increased coffee husking, decreased soil erosion, increased crop productivity, leaf-rust controls, and sales to exporters. Female farmers will receive additional training in the areas of leadership development, public speaking, and goal-setting.