Invasive lionfish destroy biodiversity and marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, which has resulted in declining income for Costa Rican fishers. Asociación de Pescadores Artesanales del Caribe Sur (APACS) advocates for responsible fishing to create a more sustainable coastal ecosystem for local fishers, their families and tourists. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Costa Rica. APACS’ activities bolster efforts to counteract environmental degradation and protect the natural resources that communities depend on.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Improving the Quality of Life of Fishers along the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica through Marine||Costa Rica||2014 – 2019||$135,000||$152,700||300 individuals||1,080 individuals||civic engagement
leadership and education
job skills and enterprise development
natural resource management
Talk about community-led development!
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.
Gemelos de Honduras, works to strengthen, incorporate, and expand Garifuna microenterprises in the municipalities of La Ceiba and Jutiapa through technical assistance, market development, and small loans to help the Garifuna people create viable enterprises that improve their livelihoods within their communities.
Asociación Para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Juventud (ADESJU) manages a leadership program for 1,500 youth across several departments of Guatemala and El Salvador that provides youth with life skills such as entrepreneurship, leadership, dependability, and public speaking.