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Overview

Active grantees: 26
IAF commitment: $7,411,265
Counterpart value: $8,141,416
Total investment: $15,552,681
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, inclusion of indigenous peoples, democratic participation, community security, education/training, enterprise development, cultural expression, health, legal assistance, and the environment.

Contact information

José Toasa, Foundation Representative
Claudia Kaupert, Program Assistant
Luis Eduardo Cortez, Local Liaison 

Active Grantees

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Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG) will hire a US-based sales representative and will purchase equipment to use in fairs, business meetings and marketing events in order to access the North American coffee retail market.  Grant activities will benefit approximately 2,000 Guatemalan farmers directly and some 17,000 indirectly.  

Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano de Quetzaltenango (AMA) will train 150 indigenous weavers from Quetzaltenago and Sololá and offer them the technical assistance necessary to produce merchandise of consistently high quality that appeals to an international clientele. AMA will give the indigenous weavers the opportunity to attend trade fairs in Guatemala and abroad.

Sa Qa Chol Nimla K'aleb'aal (SANK) will work in 100 communities in the municipalities of Chisec and Raxuhá in Alta Verapaz, to conform the possession and ownership of land to Q'eqchi' tradition; to raise awareness of environmental degradation; and to train farmers in the advantages of crop diversification and the risks associated with monocropping and the overuse of pesticides.

Fundación ProPetén (PROPETEN) will work with three Q'eqchi' communities in the municipalities of Poptún and San Luis, Petén, to formalize their operational structure and will provide selected farmers technical assistance with growing and selling cacao.

Asociación Agropecuaria y Artesanal para el Desarrollo, El Buen Sembrador (EBS) will work with member families to increase production of peas, broccoli and carrots for sale to buyers who pay better prices for volume purchases. Staff will receive the training necessary to improve operations, encourage the participation of women, develop a business plan and identify new buyers. The work will benefit 150 Guatemalans directly and 900 indirectly.

Asociación de Comunidades Campesinas Indígenas para el Desarrollo Integral de Petén (ACDIP) will inform residents of 150 communities in the department of Petén of the benefits and risks of current programs to clear title to land and will introduce methods to manage land that are consistent with indigenous practices. It will develop educational materials in Spanish and Q’eqchi’ for the residents, government officials and international donors.

Asociación Para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Juventud (ADESJU) will offer a program of sports and cultural activities to 750 young indigenous Maya Guatemalans in 25 affiliated community-based youth groups. It expects to demonstrate to municipal authorities of Chiantla and Aguacatán that sports and cultural activities decrease the number of young people who join gangs, abuse alcohol and drugs, drop out of school, and migrate to Mexico or the United States.

Proyecto de Salud Sangre de Cristo (PSSC) will work in four schools to improve the diet and overall health of children and parents in marginal communities in the municipalities of San Pedro Ayampuc and Chinautla, department of Guatemala. Data collected on indictors of good health and nutrition should confirm the effectiveness of the program.

Asociación de Abogados y Notarios Mayas de Guatemala (AANMG) will work to enable farmers in the community of Se’konon to obtain clear title to land, diversify crops and develop a more reliable food supply. The results will benefit 300 families. 

Asociación Semilla Nueva (SEN) will work with 250 farmers from 25 communities located on Guatemala’s southern coast, providing them technical assistance in drought-resistant agriculture and assisting them in forming long-term alliances with municipal governments. 

Coordinadora de Asociaciones Campesinas Agropecuarias de Petén (COACAP) will work with 99 indigenous Q’eqchi’ families in southern Petén to diversify crops toward the development of a more reliable food supply so that they remain on their land and in their community. The grant is expected to benefit another 500 Q’eqchi’ families indirectly. Training for staff should improve COACAP as an organization.

Asociación Seres (SERES) will implement a leadership program (“program”) for youth from Guatemala and El Salvador. The program will foster agency, awareness about citizens’ rights and the use of natural resources, as well as leadership skills among youth from Guatemala and El Salvador so that they can become proactive citizens in order to make their communities flourish. The program will directly benefit some 1,500 youth representing at least thirty organized groups from several departments of Guatemala and El Salvador.

Asociación de Mujeres Adelina Caal Maquín (ACM), an organization of Mayan women, will work with residents of 20 Q’eqchi’ communities to diversify crops, protect natural resources, develop a more reliable food supply and launch a farmers’ market. Forty students will attend ACM’s junior high school where they will study academic subjects as well as agricultural practices that they will teach to ACM’s members. The work will benefit 680 indigenous Q’eqchi’ directly and another 300 indirectly.

Alcaldía Maya de Canillá (AMC), will build cohesion among its members residing in 36 communities in the municipality of Canillá and develop the administrative and operational skills needed to formalize a long-term partnership with the municipal government and with the development councils of each community represented. Its proposal includes the creation of municipal offices representing the interests of young people and women. The training and negotiations will directly involve 172 Quiché Guatemalans directly and benefit another 10,000.

MolojKino’jib’alMayib’ Ixoqib’ (MOLOJ) will raise awareness on the importance of diversity in government so that marginalized groups and communities are represented, encourage respect for indigenous women and further their participation in civic life. The work will directly involve 500 indigenous women and benefit some 2,500 other Guatemalans.

Asociación de Retornados Guatemaltecos (ARG) will develop a strategic plan for the next five years its efforts at easing the transition of migrants who return to Guatemala. Goals include an expanded membership; the acquisition of skills in administration, negotiation and fundraising; and the organization’s engagement with the municipality of Guatemala City and the Guatemalan Secretaría del Migrante toward long-term partnerships. The planning process, training and outreach will involve 14 Guatemalans and benefit another 500.

Asociación Coordinación Regional de Cooperativas Integrales (CORCI) will invest in the production of vegetables aimed at export markets (sweet peas, broccoli, carrots and others) in order to boost its members’ income. CORCI staff will receive training to strengthen the association’s operational capacity, increase the rate of participation for women and develop a business plan.  About 240 beneficiaries will benefit directly and approximately another 1,000 will do so indirectly.

Cooperativa Integral de Comercialización Carmelita (CARMELITA) will develop its ecotourism business to  enhance earning potential for its members and improve sustainable business practices.  Over a three-year period, CARMELITA’s members will invest in infrastructure, training, exchanges and equipment, and will engage government officials to ensure compliance with local tourism regulations. The grant will benefit about 80 individuals directly and another 380 individuals indirectly.  

The Asociación de Comunidades Forestales de Petén (ACOFOP) will obtain the proper permits to sustainably harvest renewable resources from the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, develop a strategy to secure authorization to develop environmentally responsible economic activities in other protected areas and strengthen a network of community residents that will document how they benefit from these activities. Some 500 people will benefit directly and 7,800 indirectly from these grant activities.

The Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI) will provide training and technical assistance to improve the association’s coffee production, introduce new crops, launch a coffee shop and provide working capital for a brand of fair trade coffee started by local youths. Grant activities will prioritize the participation of women and youth and benefit 1,238 people directly, 7,428 indirectly.  

Red Maya, Cimujer (REDMAYA), a grassroots organization comprised of 32 young indigenous women leaders from Guatemala’s Huehuetenango, will learn about management and fundraising, as well as topics related to citizenship and democracy, and social audits, a practice that allows Guatemalan citizens to use existing laws and regulations to ensure that development initiatives are implemented following due process. In doing so, REDMAYA will strengthen its relationships with civil society and local governments to promote the rights of women and youth and to reestablish a municipal office on women.  Grant activities will benefit 450 people directly and some 10,000 indirectly.  

Asociación de Dirigentes Comunitarios (ASDIC) will carry out activities to scale up its agribusiness enterprise, as well as to upgrade the technology in its community-based high school. ASDIC, which produces mushrooms, peas and sweet peas, will work to increase yields and improve marketability for its products by obtaining official safety and quality certifications. ASDIC provides jobs and income for more than 250 families and also runs a community-based high school, which is the only educational option for residents of some 14 communities in the municipality of San Antonio Palopó, Sololá. ASDIC will also promote women in key leadership positions within the organization and the community, and will monitor students and graduates of its high school to identify trends in job placement and migration patterns. About 120 families from Sololá will benefit directly, and 265 indirectly.

Asociación de Forestería Comunitaria de Guatemala Ut’z Che’ (UTZCHE), a network of 40 grassroots organizations working on agroecology and natural resource management across Guatemala, will strengthen the technical capacities of 15 of its member organizations in the western highlands and encourage sustainable natural resource management. UTZCHE will carry out field training sessions in which farmers learn about topics related to the risks of continuously growing one type of agriculture product in the same space, as well as challenges resulting from overusing pesticides. Instead they will promote the advantages of crop diversification, and recognize farmers competitions for the most diversified and well-kept farms. Additionally, UTZCHE will work with other Guatemalan IAF partners and with local governments to obtain ongoing further support. Grant activities will benefit approximately 500 people directly and 30,000 indirectly.  

Asociación Seres (SERES), will organize local community and nonprofit groups, including another IAF grantee partner, and manage a comprehensive leadership, governance, educational, and economic opportunity program for young adults between the ages of 15 to 30 from Guatemala’s western highlands. SERES will manage selected community organizations, and through a steering committee, will implement a leadership and governance training program. Program activities will include providing 30 scholarships and 10 internships for young participants, as well as establishing and managing a subgrant fund to initiate 12 youth-led microenterprises. Grant activities will benefit 60 youth directly and about 300 more indirectly. 

Asociación Lambda (LAMBDA) Latin America has the highest rates of economic exclusion and violence against the LGBTI community in the world, especially in Central America, and nongovernmental organizations in the region are reporting more LGBTI migrants fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras in search of safer living conditions. Asociación Lambda (LAMBDA) will help improve the livelihoods of young LGBTI people through support to four incipient grassroots groups from the departments of Izabal, Jalapa, Quetzaltenango and San Marcos by providing training on management, governance, leadership and entrepreneurship. These groups, with support from LAMBDA, will develop strategies for including the LGBTI community in the broader economic and democratic life of their respective departments. Specifically, LAMBDA will coordinate three public events to discuss the state of affairs of the LGBTI population in the countryside and will also manage a sub-grant fund to create eight microenterprises. This grant is part of a broader IAF initiative focused on supporting economic prosperity, democracy, and governance consistent with the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America. Grant activities will benefit 100 people directly and approximately 500 indirectly. 

Asociación de Desarrollo Comunitario Qanil (QANIL) During the last several years, thousands of Guatemalan youth have been leaving their homeland in search of new opportunities. Evidence suggests that youth who choose to remain in their communities possess strong ties to them, expressed through a sense of inclusion and belonging, particularly when they have access to educational and income generating opportunities and the possibility to be part of local decision-making. QANIL seeks to improve the livelihoods of youth from the departments of Huehuetenango, San Marcos, and Quetzaltenango by providing training on governance, leadership, and negotiation techniques designed to help them access greater economic and leadership opportunities in the local economy and civic life. In so doing, QANIL will develop plans to engage the local government, the private sector, and civil society to develop partnerships to obtain financial and in-kind support for income generating activities and for initiatives that enable the participation of youth in the civil and democratic life of their communities. QANIL will also develop a multiyear strategic plan, obtain legal status, and engage in fundraising activities to ensure sustainability beyond IAF support. Grant activities will benefit 60 youth directly and approximately 240 indirectly. 

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