Guatemalans face widespread poverty, food insecurity, corruption, and violent crime. These issues, together with high rates of unemployment and the falling price of income-generating crops like coffee, drive unprecedented rates of irregular migration. Our grantee partners address these challenges by enhancing peace and security and improving democratic governance. They also expand economic opportunity, and reduce the motivation to migrate at the local level. They work with underserved populations in migrant-sending communities, including women, youth, and indigenous groups, to create sustainable livelihoods in 13 of the country’s 22 departments.
We awarded our first grant in Guatemala in 1972. Since then, we have provided $41 million through 245 grants to local organizations.