active projects
November 2021


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Contacts for Paraguay

Foundation Representative

Michael Gale

Grants Management Specialist

Maggie Reuter

Local Liaison

Ruben Rolon

Program areas

Our grantee partners in Paraguay expand economic opportunity, enhance peace and security, improve democratic governance, and reduce the motivation to migrate.

We invest in local organizations that stem corruption, create jobs, reduce rural poverty, and counter the influence of international criminal organizations. Our grantee partners work with underserved populations—including indigenous people, people with disabilities, and youth—in some of the poorest regions of the country, such as the semiarid Chaco.

We awarded our first grant in Paraguay in 1974. Since then, we have provided $26 million through 181 grants to local organizations.

Projects in Paraguay

ordered by most recently awarded


2021 – Oñoirũ

Oñoirũ is supporting farmers to increase production of organic yerba mate, a traditional beverage in Paraguay and neighboring countries, and expand sales both nationally and internationally.

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2021 – CDMSP

Coordinadora Departamental de Mujeres de San Pedro (CDMSP) supports women smallholder producers in adopting sustainable agricultural practices that help them expand food production for consumption and sale.

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Oguasu supports the Mbya Guarani in Paraguay in implementing sustainable agricultural practices and learning skilled trades in order to increase their families' incomes and food security.

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2021 – reAcción

Reacción Paraguay (reAcción) ReAcción, a youth-led organization, works to educate students, parents, and school administrators about the educational funding process.

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The Federación para la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI) is an association of Paraguayan Indigenous groups that advocates for their territorial rights and supports communities to identify sustainable approaches to managing their territory.

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2020 – APRO

Asociación de Productores Orgánicos (APRO) established the first recognized participatory certification system in Paraguay and is connecting producers directly to consumers to increase farmers' incomes and consumers' food security.

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Organización Paraguaya de Conservación y Desarrollo Sustentable (OPADES), offers environmental education, leadership, and entrepreneurship training opportunities to youth in the Yvytyruzú reserve to bolster environmental stewardship and improve livelihoods.

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2019 – PY Orgánico

Paraguay Orgánico (PY Orgánico), helps small farmer organizations break into and benefit from expanding organic markets. This grant will allow PY Orgánico to extend its efforts on three fronts: train farmers to differentiate their products, connect farmers to potential markets, and strengthen its own organizational capacities. 

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Organización Campesina Regional de Concepción (OCRC) provides technical assistance to smallholder organic farmers and job and leadership training to young people and women. 

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Staff working with projects in Paraguay