Smallholder coffee producers in the mountainous Huehuetenango department of Guatemala struggle to make a living due to the lack of infrastructure, market access, and challenging growing environment. The dearth of income-generating opportunities push some residents, particularly youth, to migrate to Mexico or the United States to find work. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunities that provide alternatives to irregular migration. Our grantee partner, the Asociación Unión de Pequeños Caficultores (UPC), offers technical assistance, small loans, and training to smallholder coffee growers so that they can increase production, improve their leadership and marketing skills, and build a living in their communities.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.