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Overview

Active grantees: 11
IAF commitment: $3,372,224
Counterpart value: $4,842,885
Total investment: $8,215,109
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production (rural development), civic participation, education, enterprise development, environment, inclusion of indigenous peoples, legal assistance, conservation (ecotourism), women and young people.

Contact information:

Margaret Francis, Foundation Representative
Monica Radwan, Program Assistant
Gabriela Sbarra, Local Liaison

Active Grantees

BBRed Puna y Quebrada (Red Puna) will offer training, technical assistance and marketing services to 160 indigenous Coya weavers, primarily women, from 16 communities in the province of Jujuy.
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Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz (FUNDAPAZ), in conjunction with Unión de Organizaciones de Pequeños Productores de la Cuna Boscosa y los Bajos Sub-meridionales (UOCB), an association of base groups, will improve access to water in 21 communities in the department of Vera, Santa Fe, by building mini reservoirs, retention basins, storage tanks and windmills and by training 785 families to maintain them.

Caxi Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral (Caxi) will provide 320 farmers in Mendoza and San Juan the training and technical assistance necessary to improve the efficiency and productivity of their small businesses that process meat, honey, tomato sauce and paste, jam and jellies, canned fruit and animal feed.

Asociación Pescadores del Chaco (ASOPECHA) will work toward the conservation of fisheries along the Paraguay River and its tributaries and toward better income for its 567 member-fishers.

Banco de Bosques (BdeB) will build infrastructure and provide training and other support enabling indigenous Mbya Guaraní Argentines in the Yryapu community, province of Misiones, to engage in tourism as a source of income.It will also survey the community's land and define its boundaries
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Asociación Civil La Choza- Centro de Iniciativas para el Desarrollo Local (La Choza) will help 1500 Argentines in the department of San Miguel, Corrientes to develop a source of income from ecotourism in and around the nearby wetlands constituting a protected area.

Cooperativa Agroganadera Diaguita Limitada de Santa María (Diaguita) will work with its members and with residents of Santa María to diversify agriculture, add value to their production, offer processing services and evolve into a regional resource for economic development. The project will benefit 230 Argentines directly and another 2,000 indirectly.

Asociación de Pequeños Productores Aborígenes de la Puna (APPP) will work in 10 communities to develop the leadership skills of women and young members; improve the production, processing and marketing of llama meat; and encourage the consumption of food native to the Puna. The goal is food sovereignty, employment opportunities, better income and a more robust practice of and appreciation for the Kolla culture. The project should benefit 965 indigenous Argentines directly and another 2,095 indirectly.

La Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) in collaboration with the neighborhood council of Villa 21-24 and other partners, ACIJ will create a community center where 150 entrepreneurs will develop the skills and receive the support necessary to make their businesses more competitive and facilitate their entry into the formal economy of Buenos Aires. ACIJ will also help residents of this low-income community benefit from full access to social services and inclusion in economic life. The project should reach 1,500 residents of Villa 21-24 directly and another 25,000 indirectly.

Fundación Gran Chaco (FGCH) will work with a network of 33 indigenous and criollo groups in the Gran Chaco to develop them as organizations; to introduce technology that improves their crafts, processed foods and forest products; and to gain access to more markets. More than 2,400 producers will benefit directly and another 15,000 Argentines indirectly.

Asociación Civil Enlace Social (Enlace Social) Enlace Social will offer struggling garment workers living in the poorest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires access to training, technical assistance and microcredit and will coordinate their efforts with fashion designers to launch a formally registered, worker-managed business that will develop a brand, new products and market access. The favorable working conditions and increased income will benefit 400 Argentines directly and another 800 indirectly.