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.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 850 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring and business training, the program aims to increase sales by $25 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.
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Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala

TechnoServe together with the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada and Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton's is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in the eastern Guatemala. This project aims to pilot innovative approaches to improve gender equality in the coffee business and in family decision-making. It is expected that 50 percent of coffee families will adopt actions to promote a greater sharing of responsibilities between men and women. As a complement, TechnoServe will train youth in coffee growing communities to improve their economic opportunities in three areas: farming as a business; creating one's own business; and accessing the formal job market. The training is expected to cause 60 percent of trained youth to finish a career plan and 50 percent to improve employability.
 

Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs in Latin America

Latin America's youth unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. Youth face unique challenges in obtaining formal employment or becoming successful entrepreneurs. Crece Tu Empresa, TechnoServe's program in partnership with Citi Foundation, is working to address the challenge of youth unemployment in Guatemala and El Salvador. The 1-year program is based on the work of Impulsa Tu Empresa and provides six training workshops for young entrepreneurs focused on business skills like sales and marketing and financial planning. The first cohort of nearly 90 entrepreneurs began the program in 2015. As of February 2016, 42 participants have been able to increase their business' sales by 21 percent in Guatemala and 127 percent in El Salvador and have created 21 new jobs.

Partners

Citi Foundation
 

Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth in Coffee Growing Regions in Eastern Guatemala

TechnoServe is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in the eastern Guatemala. This project aims to pilot innovative approaches to improve gender equality in the coffee business and in family decision-making. As a complement, TechnoServe will train youth in coffee growing communities to improve their economic opportunities in three areas: farming as a business; creating one's own business; and accessing the formal job market.
 

Strengthening the Coffee Value Chain

TechnoServe in partnership with McDonald’s has developed a four-year initiative to train 12,000 farmers on sustainable agriculture practices and improve wet mill practices. The farmer training modules 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. By the end of the fourth quarter the project surpassed the basic targets, including 14,000 farmers trained compared to the target of 12,000 , coffee yield increase of 35 percent, and other crop yield increase of 40 percent. We are currently exploring the possibility that donor McDonald's might purchase coffee from the participating farmers, which would greatly affect the income increase results

Partners

McDonald's

Blog Posts

June 17, 2016

Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

How TechnoServe supported a long-time family business in the transition of ownership from father to daughter

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April 13, 2016

Addressing Youth Unemployment in Latin America

By engaging youth in entrepreneurship and agriculture, TechnoServe is working to create sustainable growth in the region.

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March 11, 2016

Partnering to Support Guatemala’s Coffee Farmers

TechnoServe partners with the Canadian Trade Facilitation Office and coffee chain Tim Hortons to help small coffee growers 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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