What options do the poor have to get back on their feet after a natural disaster?

We realize that we have no idea how to farm and ask our neighbor Pedro for advice. Working in the fields every day makes us think about what life as a subsistence farmer would be like. Pedro tells us about a tropical storm that swept through Guatemala and how he saw 60 percent of his onion fields destroyed in a massive landslide. How would a family who is already living on the edge ever recover from a natural disaster like this?