A Regional Crisis

Venezuela’s declining political and socioeconomic situation continues to spark violence and limit many citizens’ access to basic goods and services. Approximately 5 million people have migrated, most of whom remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian and economic challenge for the region. Public infrastructure cannot keep up and local citizens are concerned about limited resources. Moreover, once Venezuelan migrants meet their immediate needs such as housing and medical care, they face longer-term challenges like integrating into communities where they have settled.

A map of South America shows that IAF grantees are currently working with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. It also shows two countries where the IAF is starting to fund projects supporting Venezuelan migrants: Chile and Argentina.

The IAF Responds

We tapped our extensive network of more than 750 experienced community-based organizations to support projects addressing longer-term needs of Venezuelan migrants and communities where they live. We invested $1.6 million in our 10 grantee partners in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. These grantees encourage social and economic inclusion of displaced Venezuelans by:

  • increasing opportunities to earn income
  • combating xenophobia
  • promoting conflict resolution
  • facilitating access to health and psychosocial services

In 2020, we will continue funding more organizations in these countries and expand support to communities in Argentina and Chile.

A Regional Crisis

Venezuela’s declining political and socioeconomic situation continues to spark violence and limit many citizens’ access to basic goods and services. Approximately 5 million people have migrated, most of whom remain in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has created an unprecedented humanitarian and economic challenge for the region. Public infrastructure cannot keep up and local citizens are concerned about limited resources. Moreover, once Venezuelan migrants meet their immediate needs such as housing and medical care, they face longer-term challenges like integrating into communities where they have settled.

The IAF Responds

We tapped our extensive network of more than 750 experienced community-based organizations to support projects addressing longer-term needs of Venezuelan migrants and communities where they live. We invested $1.6 million in our 10 grantee partners in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. These grantees encourage social and economic inclusion of displaced Venezuelans by:

  • increasing opportunities to earn income
  • combating xenophobia
  • promoting conflict resolution
  • facilitating access to health and psychosocial services

In 2020, we will continue funding more organizations in these countries and expand support to communities in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica.

A map of South America shows that IAF grantees are currently working with Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. It also shows two countries where the IAF is starting to fund projects supporting Venezuelan migrants: Chile and Argentina.

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How Our Grantees Are Helping

Expanding Economic Opportunity

Expanding Economic Opportunity

For example, Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Mujeres Unidas, a women’s saving and loan association in Ecuador, provides Venezuelan migrants and local Ecuadorians small business development training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, as well as access to credit for creating and improving small businesses.

Combating Xenophobia

Combating Xenophobia

For instance, grantee partner Acción y Desarrollo is creating a solidarity network in a low-income area of Lima, Peru, made up of Venezuelan migrants, local business owners, and representatives of public entities to promote Venezuelans’ rights and integration into society.

Reducing Human Trafficking

Reducing Human Trafficking

Grantee partner Fundación Desarrollo y Paz (Fundepaz) educates Venezuelan migrants in the department of Nariño, Colombia, to understand the country’s legal system and trains local government agencies and businesses to recognize, respond to, and reduce cases of labor exploitation and human trafficking.

Projects serving Venezuela migrants

ordered by most recently awarded

2020-06-30T17:00:21-04:00

2019-CACMU

Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Mujeres Unidas (CACMU) is offering migrants and local Ecuadorians low-cost health insurance, training in financial literacy and small business development, as well as access to credit and a small business network through which they can obtain business mentorship.

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2020-06-02T15:27:23-04:00

2019-Acción y Desarrollo

Acción y Desarrollo, provides Venezuelan migrants in Lima with psychosocial support and provides both migrants and locals with entrepreneurial and job skills training and access to credit for start-up businesses.

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2020-06-08T08:55:00-04:00

2018 – Casa de las Estrategias

Fundación Casa de las Estrategias (Casa de las Estrategias) trains adolescents from seven communities in Medellín to become citizen journalists who research and report news that holds local governments accountable, thereby underscoring their obligations and rights as citizens.

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2020-06-08T09:45:57-04:00

2017-Rede Bartô

Associação Rede Rio São Bartolomeu de Mútua Cooperação (Rede Bartô) works with young people in rural community associations in the Federal District to improve the production, processing, and marketing of vegetables, fruits, and small animals and to contribute to the conservation of natural resources.

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2020-06-08T10:12:05-04:00

2017-AGTR

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR) helps workers establish a support network, reinforces their knowledge about their rights and obligations, and strengthens their vocational, interpersonal and negotiation skills to find better-paying jobs.

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2020-06-08T10:49:51-04:00

2016-Caribe Afirmativo

Corporación Caribe Afirmativo (Caribe Afirmativo) increases visibility of this group’s struggles, offers psychological support to individuals, especially those who have been victims of Colombia’s armed conflict, and raises awareness of their rights.

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2020-06-08T12:13:45-04:00

2013-Kallpa

Asociación Kallpa para la Promoción de la Salud Integral y el Desarrollo (Kallpa) helps people between the ages of 15 and 29 find meaningful employment or start small businesses through the Center for Youth and Employment and Youth Business Incubators.

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