Guatemala

Overview

Having emerged from decades of civil war, Guatemala is now well-positioned to capitalize on its substantial natural resources and climatic advantages.

Although the country continues to face high levels of inequality and a poverty rate above 50 percent, Guatemala has maintained stable economic growth particularly in the increasingly profitable food and beverage industry. TechnoServe is strengthening the coffee value chain and helping existing agricultural businesses, with a view to generating jobs and incomes for poor rural producers. We are also running entrepreneurship training programs that empower men and women to create thriving businesses in a variety of sectors.

Impact

TechnoServe has promoted transformative change across the coffee, biodiesel and vegetable markets in Guatemala by partnering with over 12,000 small producers to boost productivity and launch new business ventures. Through entrepreneurial trainings, TechnoServe supported nearly 300 women-owned businesses in diverse fields such as mushrooms, recycling and nuts.

Stories

A New Boost for Entrepreneurs in Central America and Africa

TechnoServe is supporting the growth of an innovative textile manufacturing company and hundreds of other small and growing businesses.

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Guatemalan Woman Finds Self-Reliance Through Fruit Juice Business

Mónica Jacinto once struggled to support herself and her four children. Today, she is helping her children achieve the promise of a better future through her thriving fruit-juice company.

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Guatemalan Woman’s Entrepreneurial Drive Revives a Community

A TechnoServe-supported entrepreneur is bringing jobs and opportunity to poor women in rural Guatemalan community.

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Running a Business Empowers Guatemalan Women

Selling products made from an abundant natural resource generates incomes - and a new world of opportunities - for a group of rural women.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Supported by the Argidius Foundation, Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 800 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring, business training and business plan competitions, the program aims to increase sales by $13 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Strengthening the Coffee Value Chain

TechnoServe is developing a four-year initiative to train 12,000 farmers on sustainable agriculture practices and improve wet mill practices. The farmer training modules will cover all sustainable agronomy practices as well as environmental issues and ethical labor management, thereby increasing production while helping farmers to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change. The program aims to increase yields of coffee and food crops such as maize by an average of 25 percent.

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Building Strong Businesses

TechnoServe and its partners are running a periodic national business plan competition, Idea Tu Empresa, to help the country's nascent entrepreneurs turn good ideas into thriving, growth-oriented businesses that generate jobs and markets. Thus far, the competitions have focused on agribusiness, light manufacturing, tourism and technology. As a result, dozens of businesses have already been launched or expanded, with incremental revenues exceeding $1 million.

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Boosting Agricultural Production

TechnoServe is working with more than 500 small-scale farmers to help them produce profitable crops such as peas, French beans, avocado and banana. TechnoServe advisors are helping the farmers to improve the quality of their products, secure financing needed to modernize and increase production, and tap into lucrative export markets.

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Creating Sustainable Urban Opportunities

TechnoServe helped establish three business units organized around garbage dumps to produce worm organic fertilizer and prepare recycling materials for further processing. The business units, owned and operated entirely by women living in low-income urban areas, are creating a new source of income for 248 women.

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Empowering Women-Owned Businesses

TechnoServe helped a group of women mushroom producers to expand its production, providing an opportunity for more than 100 families to substantially increase their incomes through organic mushroom cultivation. TechnoServe also worked with a Maya-nut business owned by more than 30 low-income women to increase its production and develop a marketing campaign.

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Building a Biodiesel Industry

TechnoServe ran a two-year biodiesel pilot project to help farmers capitalize on a new, environmentally friendly business opportunity. TechnoServe helped six communities of small-scale farmers to grow jatropha plants on cleared land that was unsuitable for food crops, and then to process it in local facilities.

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Blog Posts

January 23, 2014

Opportunities for Revitalizing Coffee Farms in Latin America

Coffee is an important livelihood for more than 1 million farming families in Latin America. See how we are helping coffee farmers like Alicia Yucute overcome hurdles to lift themselves out of poverty.

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January 10, 2014

Photo of the Week: Guatemalan Juice Business Bears Fruit

TechnoServe helped Mónica Jacinto and the other women behind Kask’i increase their sales and create a better future for their families.

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September 26, 2013

Video: TechnoServe and McDonald’s Partner to Support Coffee Farmers in Guatemala

With support from McDonald’s, TechnoServe is working to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Guatemala.

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Contact

TechnoServe Guatemala

17 Ave. 19-70, Zona 10
Edificio Torino, Nivel 6, Oficina 602
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Tel: +502 2 367 5459

Eduardo Ruata

Country Director
eruata@tns.org

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