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CDRO: Cooperation for Rural Development in Western Guatemala

Mayan Indians in Guatemala live in a country rich in cultural traditions and natural resources. But for over 400 years, wealth and power have been held by the descendants of the Spanish conquerors and their business partners. For Mayan citizens, who constitute 60 percent of the population, development can be understood as "the development of others at the expense of our lives and our resources," according to Virgilio Alvarado, a leader in the Asociacion Cooperacion para el Desarrollo Rural de Occidente (CDRO), a nongovernmental development organization.

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