Active grantees: 24
IAF commitment: $5,723,106
Total investment: $10,608,044
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, corporate social investment, economic development/income generation, education/training, enterprise development, the environment, gender, rural development, tourism, and youth.
Asociación de Productores de Hortalizas y Frutales de Intibucá (APRHOFI) will introduce farmers to modern techniques that increase fruit and vegetable production. It will also improve its storage and processing center and will expand its marketing program.
Cooperativa Femenina de Producción Agropecuaria Alianza Limitada (COFEPROAL) will open and operate a multipurpose outlet in La Esperanza, the capital of the department of Intibucá, which will sell weaving supplies and other merchandise and will market indigenous crafts on a wholesale basis.
Organización para el Empoderamiento de la Juventud (OYE Adelante Jóvenes) will develop its programs in the arts, its magazine and its radio broadcasts through equipment purchases, training and internships directed at young Hondurans at risk. It will work to make these activities self-sufficient so that they continue to benefit vulnerable young Hondurans and the community of El Progreso.
Grupo Güinopeño Ambientalista (Grupo Guia) will provide training and related technical assistance in communities in the municipalities of Yauype and Maraita in southern Honduras to help farmers and their families apply conservation practices, manage their water supply, plant gardens and raise small livestock for sale and household use. The work toward improving the food supply, income and the general quality of life is expected to benefit 190 Hondurans directly and another 1,300 indirectly.
Asociación de Desarrollo Pespirense (ADEPES) will offer support to 200 rural youths who are undertaking 16 development projects and launching 16 microenterprises in the municipality of Pespire, which is located in a sparsely populated and drought-stricken region of southern Honduras where living conditions are harsh. This grantee’s work is especially relevant today because it is addressing a demographic group that has been traditionally excluded from economic life and is prone to migrate. The project will benefit another 1,200 Hondurans indirectly.
Junta Administradora de Agua y Saneamiento de las Aldeas de Guayabito, Confradía, Destino, Naranjal y Jicaro Gordo (GUAYABITO) will repair, update and expand the local water system, develop a nursery supplying trees for continued reforestation of the watersheds and offer training in water management and sanitation to residents serving on water boards in the villages of Guayabito, Confradía, Destino, Naranjal and Jicaro Gordo. The work will benefit 1,500 Hondurans directly and another 7,500 indirectly.
Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) will work with farmers in 15 communities in the municipality of Choloma, department of Cortes, to improve their production, processing and marketing of cacao. Toward that goal it will encourage the application of “agroecological” practices that are environmentally responsible, including safeguarding the vital local watershed. The project will benefit 450 Hondurans directly and another 2,700 indirectly.
Asociación de Consejeros para una Agricultura Sostenible, Ecológica y Humana (COSECHA) will work in 18 communities in the municipalities of Alubarén, Cuarén and Reitoca in the southern region of the department of Francisco Morazán to encourage the use of environmentally responsible farming methods and to improve practices of water management. Forty residents will be trained as volunteer extension agents who will offer the necessary training and technical assistance. The work will benefit 350 Hondurans directly and another 1,740 indirectly.
Asociación de Desarrollo Triunfeña (ADETRIUNF) will offer training and financial support toward the development of microenterprises by 150 young people in 10 communities in and around the municipality of El Triunfo, department of Choluteca. Another 3,000 Hondurans will benefit indirectly.
Fundación Hondureña de Ambiente y Desarrollo Vida (FV) will work to increase the income of farmers in the drought belt of southern Honduras by encouraging the application of “agroecological” practices that include no-tillage farming and the use of wind breaks, live fences, green mulching and biological control of pests, all of which tend to protect or improve the environment. The project will directly benefit 4,390 Hondurans, including many female heads-of-household, in the municipalities of Aguanqueterique and Lauteríque, departments of La Paz, and the municipalities of Aramecina and Caridad, department of Valle. It will indirectly impact at least another 10,000 residents.
Vecinos Honduras (VH) will enable coffee farmers in seven communities in the Azabache zone of the municipality of Danlí, department of El Paraíso, to reduce their dependency on a single crop, introduce the cultivation of fruits and vegetables and apply “agroecological” practices that protect their soil and water supply. Training will also help them manage their rural savings and loan associations more effectively. The work will benefit 1,060 farmers and members of their families directly and another 1,092 Hondurans indirectly.
Organización para el Desarrollo de Corquín (ODECO-Corquín) will involve 200 families and one elementary school in its effort to improve food security, including by composting organic waste and introducing children to responsible farming methods, and to develop community councils in urban areas of the municipalities of Corquín and San Pedro de Copán. The work will benefit 1,000 Hondurans directly and 2,000 indirectly.
Asociación de Mujeres Intibucanas Renovadas (AMIR) comprised of indigenous women from rural areas of the municipalities of Intibucá and San Francisco de Opalaca, will train its members in farming methods compatible with the responsible use of the environment and in effective approaches to marketing the fruit and jam that they process and will improve its storage facilities. The result should be a more reliable food supply, better use of natural resources and improved household income. Some 300 Hondurans will benefit directly and another 3,000 indirectly.
Cooperativa Agrícola Esfuerzo Occidental Limitada (CAEOL) will work in 10 municipalities in two departments in western Honduras to help its member farmers adopt practices compatible with the responsible use of the environment, increase production and generate more income. As an organization, CAEOL will develop its administrative skills, expand its membership, find new markets and provide technical training.
Fundación Comunitaria Puca (PUCA), comprising 28 communities in the department of Lempira, will develop its members’ ability to manage the natural resources of the Refugio de Vida Silvestres Montaña de Puca in collaboration with local water and forestry boards and a volunteer corps of forest rangers. The participants will undertake advocacy on behalf of the reserve, install technologies compatible with its ecosystems, apply sanitation techniques to protect watersheds, and develop further as organizations. The work will benefit 1,500 Hondurans directly and another 2,000 indirectly.
Cangrejal Tours, S. De R. L. (Cangrejal Tours) will develop its organizational capacity to protect environmental resources through ecotourism by raising civic awareness amongst tourists and communities about environmental issues such as the importance to not pollute local habitats. It will improve services and marketing directed at tourists, resulting in better incomes for local youths. Approximately 195 youths will benefit from project activities directly and another 1,020 residents of Las Mangas and its surrounding communities in the department of Atlántida will benefit indirectly.
Cooperativa de Servicios Agropecuarios 25 de Julio in Honduras (25 de Julio), located in the municipality of Victoria, Yoro, will help its members improve their income by developing the cooperative’s administrative skills, conducting training, offering credit in partnership with a community savings-and loan-association, increasing coffee production, pooling harvests to sell in volume and reaching new markets. The work will benefit 105 Hondurans directly and another 550 indirectly.
The Unión de Cajas Rurales del Occidente de Honduras (UCROH), an umbrella organization of rural credit unions (cajas rurales), will provide loans and training in effective management to ensure the long-term sustainability of these cooperatives. It will also increase its membership in four municipalities in the department of Intibucá. Approximately 300 people will benefit directly and another 900 indirectly.
Asociación Jóvenes en Movimiento (AJEM) will provide training and access to loans, organize exchanges, and work to advance LGBTI rights in Honduras. Some 200 individuals from Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela will benefit directly and 300 indirectly.
Fundación Chorotega (FUNDACHOR) will build the capacity of five groups of predominately female shrimp producers to increase their incomes by offering training, technical assistance, materials, and exchanges, and assessing the creation of a shrimp producers’ association. The grant will benefit 140 producers directly and another 500 individuals indirectly in Namasigue, in the department of Choluteca.
Asociación Solidaridad (SOLIDARIDAD) will promote the expansion of agroecology farming systems with families in 12 communities of Opatoro municipality in the department of La Paz using a Finca Humana (Human Farm) approach. SOLIDARIDAD will provide training and technical assistance to diversify and improve agricultural production toward food security and establish solidarity groups and a solidarity council to improve mutual assistance, shared learning and decision-making. The project will directly benefit 270 people and 600 indirectly.