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 a broader initiative to support economic prosperity, security, and democratic governance, consistent with the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Garifuna + Indigenous entrepreneurs for local economic development in Honduran Caribbean communities||Honduras||2019 – 2021||$103,400||$79,508||82 individuals||7500 individuals||job skills and enterprise development
alternatives to migration