The CHF/USAID Communities in Transition project provides technical assistance and institutional strengthening to AMVI (Ixcan Road Maintenance Association). AMVI is a local organization with a Board of Directors made up of representatives of the different micro-regions of the Ixcan plus non-voting representation from the Municipality. Its purpose is to maintain gravel roads in the Ixcan. AMVI has recently begun operations with USAID/FONAPAZ funding and will eventually win sufficient maintenance contracts to be self-sufficient. The following pictures show AMVI extracting gravel from the Chixoy River in an environmentally sound way.
Road machinery does not enter the Chixoy River. A gravel causeway has been laid out into the river to allow taking out gravel without having heavy machinery lubricants come in contact with the river. It is more common to use front loaders in the river to get gravel.
The operator is able to scoop up gravel without entering the river with the tracked vehicle.
This gravel is being stockpiled for road maintenance activities.
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Last Updated June 27, 1999
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