Inter-American Foundation
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CELEBRATING

50 years of partnering with local communities

Congress created the IAF with a simple mandate: trust local communities. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, community-led groups have their own ideas about the best ways to improve their situation. So, why not provide small grants and technical support to help them implement their own plans? After 50 years of promoting development from the ground up, we look ahead knowing that local organizations will continue paving the way for more prosperous, inclusive, and peaceful communities. We look forward to helping them soar for years to come.

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MISSION

The IAF over the decades

Designed as a responsive agency, the IAF has had the privilege of witnessing the creativity, resourcefulness, and grit of grassroots organizations over time. Their story is our story.

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  • 1970s PIONEERING “THEY KNOW HOW”

    Pioneering “They Know How”

    Congress created the IAF with a vision of supporting self-help efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it was up to the IAF staff to figure out how best to do so.

  • Boosting community tourism in Peru

    Boosting community tourism in Peru

    The Peruvian Island of Taquile in the region of Lake Titicaca had for centuries been rich in cultural resources, yet poor in land, livestock, living conditions, and cash. A grant from the IAF in the late 1970s enabled the islanders to purchase boat motors for tourist transport to the island, open their homes for tourist accommodations, and market their textiles.

  • Empowering women through hand-crafted yarns in Uruguay

    In 1968 a group of Uruguayan women created a small cooperative, Manos del Uruguay, to promote the production and marketing of hand-crafted yarn, making the most of the abundant local wool to help women become economically independent.