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Active grantees: 23
IAF commitment: $5,915,252
Counterpart value: $6,744,485
Total investment: $12,659,737
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
Susan Stine, Program Assistant
Luis Eduardo Cortez, Local Liaison 

Active Grantees


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.

Asociación No Lucrativa Muj’bab’l yol (MBYL) will work with community radio stations to develop better programming; to improve technical skills that enable member-stations to promote awareness of the rights of indigenous Guatemalans; and to inform the public of the need for a regulatory framework conducive to the operation of community stations. The project will involve 60 radio technicians and should reach 66,000 listeners.

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.

Red para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (REDEH) will train 200 individuals representing 10 geographic regions, who will themselves train 800 agricultural workers so that they understand their rights in the work place. The original trainees will participate in drafting a plan to prevent human rights abuses and violations of labor laws. The workers’ families should benefit indirectly. 

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.