Garifuna communities, descendants of African slaves and indigenous peoples, face longstanding economic and social marginalization in Honduras, which creates challenges for small businesses and contributes to high rates of migration in these communities. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunities and provide alternatives to irregular migration. Our grantee partner, Gemelos 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, Gemelos Honduras strives to help the Garifuna people create viable enterprises that improve their livelihoods within their communities.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.