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



Crece tu Empresa

Crece tu Empresa (CRECE) is an ongoing program that began in 2015 in Central America with the support of the Citi Foundation. The program provides support to young entrepreneurs to promote the sustainable growth of their businesses by helping them develop their skills and business competencies.


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Impulsa tu Empresa 2.0

Impulsa tu Empresa 2.0 will support 825 businesses in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Within three years, the program is expected to generate a sales increase of more than 30 percent – equivalent to $41 million – for participating businesses and to create more than 800 new jobs in different economic sectors.
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Impulsa tu Empresa

Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and training. Since its launch in 2012, the program business has increased the sales of over 1,400 businesses by $48 million and generated 1,600 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso.
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Partnering with Peet’s Coffee for Profitable Farms

There are approximately 125,000 small farmers in Guatemala who help produce some of the world’s top washed arabica coffee. However, despite recent increases in productivity, farmer incomes still cannot cover production costs, which have doubled since 2006. In partnership with Peet’s Coffee, Technoserve is working in the region of Alotenango, Guatemala to train farmers using our proven Farm College methodology. The initiative will develop and hire youth Farmer Trainers from participating communities, building a local network of teachers and role models who will ensure that the techniques learned through the training will stay in the community even after the program’s end. TechnoServe will further support the project’s lasting impact by teaching agronomy skills with the power to sustainably boost yields by strengthening farmers’ resilience to the region’s increasingly volatile weather patterns. The project will also strengthen the local coffee sector by incorporating women into the supply chain, not only as participants in the program, but also as Farmer Trainers and leaders of community demonstration plots. The project aims to train 550 farmers in the region of Alotenango with the skills they need to transform their coffee livelihoods.


Peet's Coffee

Joint Forces Sustainable Coffee Project

Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s key coffee growing departments, but low productivity and quality, combined with limited business knowledge, prevent farmers from earning their full income potential. TechnoServe, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Counisa/Unicafe, and Coffee Care are implementing a sustainability program to overcome these challenges in Santa Barbara, Huehuetenango as part of Tchibo's Joint Forces!® framework. Through the project, TechnoServe staff will train 1,000 coffee farmers to sustainably increase their coffee yields and quality, and to control their costs through recordkeeping. The project will also build healthy market systems and service delivery models that help farmers to adopt and sustain best practices that can boost their farming businesses even after the project's end.

Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala

In partnership with the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons, TechnoServe is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in eastern Guatemala and improve their productivity by 25 percent. In addition to training farmers in best agronomic and climate-smart practices, the project is piloting innovative approaches to strengthen the sector by integrating women and youth into the supply chain and by strengthening farmer organizations. To date, the project has surpassed its initial goal by providing training to more than 1,000 farmers, who have increased their use of best agronomic practices to more than 80 percent, helping to boost their yields by an average of 15 percent. Half of the project participants are women, and coffee households are working to improve how they share decision-making and other responsibilities between men and women. TechnoServe has also supported more than 200 youth to improve their future livelihoods by training them in farming as a business, entrepreneurship, and accessing formal employment opportunities.

Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs in Latin America

In Latin America, youth face unique challenges in obtaining formal employment or becoming successful entrepreneurs, and the youth unemployment rate is nearly 30 percent. In partnership with the Citi Foundation, TechnoServe is working to address the challenges of youth unemployment in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama.


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Strengthening the Coffee Value Chain

In partnership with McDonald’s, TechnoServe implemented a four-year initiative to sustainably improve coffee farmers’ harvests and income in the Sololá, Chimaltenago, and Socatepéquez regions of Guatemala. From 2012 to 2017, the project worked to improve farmers’ adoption of sustainable and good agronomic practices. Through the training, more than 15,000 participating farmers – mostly from indigenous highland communities, and more than 50 percent of whom were women – increased their use of best practices by 82 percent, leading to an average 45 and 35 percent increase in coffee yields and incomes, respectively. In total, these improvements have generated $21.5 million in increased income and wages. To increase the lasting impact of these best practices, TechnoServe also trained local community trainers, who have now become local leaders with the knowledge and technical skills to continue to support coffee farmers in these communities.



Blog Posts

June 4, 2019

What Goes Into Your Coffee? Better Incomes for Farmers

In part one of our weeklong series, we highlight the ways that training and market connections have created lasting income improvements for small coffee farmers around the world.

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January 5, 2018

What Does it Look Like to Build a More Sustainable Future for Guatemala’s Coffee Farmers?

In the face of increasingly dynamic and challenging coffee production, small farmers in Guatemala are training to boost their skills and improve their yields and coffee incomes.

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September 29, 2017

Training to Transform the Future of Coffee in Guatemala

In honor of Coffee Day, we are celebrating the stories of farmers like Blanca Rosa, who helped her community to overcome leaf rust and to create more profitable and sustainable coffee livelihoods.

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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



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