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Overview

Active grantees: 17
IAF commitment: $5,615,162
Counterpart value: $8,015,533
Total investment: $13,630,695
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, civic participation, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, inclusion of indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, & women, legal assistance.

Contact information

Margaret Francis, Foundation Representative
Susan Stine, Program Assistant
Ruben Rolon, Local Liaison 

Active Grantees

EstacionAcraftsGrupo Sunu (Sunu) will train Angaité and Avá Guaraní indigenous communities in gardening and animal husbandry toreach their goal of food security, Sunú will also train the communities in ways to generate incometo improve their quality of life. An external evaluator will document their intercultural approach and how it contributes to stronger community cohesion and organization, and greater advocacy, economic, social and political opportunities for indigenous Paraguayans.  

Federación de Entidades Vecinalistas del Paraguay (FEDEM) is training diverse community leaders and members of 200 neighborhood associations in Asunción in grassroots oversight and monitoring and in organizational development; provide related technical assistance; and hold a nationwide conference expected to result in formation of a network.

Estación A–Nucleo Cultural (Estación A) is working with 176 men and women to design and produce Ñanduti lace, weavings from palm fiber, pottery, and woodcarvings to market in Paraguay and abroad. It is organizing events and tours that coincide with local festivals as well as develop networks to promote the workers’ crafts and services. Estacion A will use art to engage young people in the economic and social development of their communities.

Institución Ecuménica de Promoción Social (Oguasu) continues the training of 1,000 Myba Paraguayans in beekeeping, aquaculture, animal husbandry, conservation, reforestation and the organic cultivation of traditional crops. It is working with demonstration plots, develop plans for five communities to sell surplus production, and support the participation of Ñogueroî Pave’i1, an indigenous association, in the formation of a council to improve indigenous involvement in curriculum development and decisions affecting local schools.

Centro de Educación, Capacitación y Tecnología Campesina (CECTEC) is providing technical assistance and training to families who were resettled in six rural communities in the department of Itapúa pursuant to Paraguay’s agrarian reform program, and is working with them to identify and support their development priorities.

Asociación de Productores Orgánicos (APRO) is increasing income and improving the quality of life of approximately 290 families by strengthening its capacity to market and sell fresh and processed agricultural products. It is also providing technical assistance and training on organic production. APRO's goals are to increase the association's sales volume, diversify and expand its product base to include new value-added products and grow organic fruits and vegetables off-season. The project is directly benefiting 1000 individuals as well as another 1820 indirectly.

Fundación Saraki (Saraki) is working with 50 grassroots and nongovernmental organizations in 11 departments to develop leadership and advocacy skills toward the enforcement of laws protecting the rights of Paraguayans with disabilities, including the right to equal opportunity in employment. The coalition is offeromg training in job skills and is also educating the public. The project is expected to benefit 1,960 Paraguayans directly and 900,000 indirectly.

Asociación Pai Tavytera RekoPave (APTR) is working with 17 Paí Tavytera communities in northern Paraguay to improve agricultural production, cultivate traditional crops, develop a more reliable food supply, protect the environment and further its constituents’ rights as indigenous Paraguayans. The project is expected to benefit 1,500 Paraguayans directly and another 5,200 indirectly.

Fundación Casa de la Juventud (CdJ) is working with youth councils to expand and develop Red Enrédate, a network that includes representation from all 19 municipalities in Paraguay's Central Department, and train young leaders to communicate their ideas, interact with their respective local and departmental governments as well as community organizations, and become involved in decisions on development. The project will benefit 250 young Paraguayans directly and 30,000 others indirectly.

Alter Vida (Alter Vida) is working in tandem with the small dairy cooperative Ciervo Cuá to increase their members' income by improving their production, their ability to negotiate with their clients for better prices and their advocacy to their local government for better services. The members will also begin the transition from conventional to "agroecological" practices that improve food security and protect the environment. The project will benefit 500 Paraguayans directly and another 1,500 indirectly.

Cooperativa Ciervo Cuá (Ciervo Cuá) is working with Alter Vida to develop a more reliable food supply and increase their income by improving their production and their organization. The project should benefit 500 families in the community of Ciervo Cuá-San Francisco directly and another 1,500 residents indirectly. 

Tierra Libre – Instituto Social y Ambiental (Tierra Libre – ISA) will work with 12 Nivacle and Manjui communities in the Rio Pilcomayo region of the Paraguayan Chaco. By providing technical assistance and training, the Grantee should enable residents in these communities to exercise their rights as indigenous Paraguayans, develop their organizations, secure their food supply, access water resources and address the effects of climate change. Approximately 360 Nivacle and Manjui Paraguayans should benefit directly and another 3,200 indirectly.

Tierra Nueva Asociación Civil (TN) works with four associations of farmers to develop the organizations, improve production through the application of agroecological practices and boost marketing via stronger alliances with the private and public sectors. The program includes the introduction of biodigester technology to aid in the production of organic fertilizer and biofuel and he the installation of irrigation systems and greenhouses to further diversification. Some 250 Paraguayans should benefit directly and another 1,000 indirectly.

Asociación Sombra de Arbol (ASdeA) will work with two indigenous communities and a creole producer association in the Paraguayan Chaco to strengthen their protagonist and advocacy to improve the communities’ quality of life. ASdeA will provide technical assistance and training to improve food security, strengthen the communities’ ability to defend their land rights, value their culture, and promote their contribution to the region. ASdeA will also support the communities’ participation in local and regional networks and engage with others that can help them strengthen their internal organization and advocacy efforts. Approximately 850 people will benefit directly and 10,500 indirectly.

Mingarã Asociación para el Desarrollo Sustentable (Mingarã) will offer eight organizations of indigenous artisans training and technical assistance toward improving their members’ handicraft production and marketing, developing public awareness of Paraguay’s indigenous heritage and creating opportunities for the growth of community tourism. It will also facilitate dialogue among artisans of various ethnicities, civil society organizations and the public sector on how best to take advantage of the crafts traditions to improve the quality of life of indigenous communities. The work will benefit 320 artisans directly and another 1,600 Paraguayans indirectly.

Organización Campesina Regional de Concepción (OCRC) will develop and implement a long-term organizational plan to strengthen its capacity as a grassroots organization by serving as a training center to meet the needs of its members. The project will also help members develop advocacy skills and build more effective relationships to gather support for community-led sustainable local development initiatives from departmental and municipal governments and other public entities. OCRC will provide technical assistance to member families on improving soil fertility and adopting agroecological practices to improve their food security. It will also provide vocational training for youth in motorcycle repair and maintenance.  Approximately 450 people will benefit directly and 1350 will benefit indirectly from the project.

Centro de Estudios y Educación Popular Germinal (CEEPG) will provide technical assistance and training to members of the Unión Nacional de Centros de Estudiantes del Paraguay - Unepy, a national network of high school student councils, and to Asociación UNEPY, an association representing former members of the network. The support will aim to develop the organizational, fundraising and technical capabilities of these organizations so that they may become better advocates for educational and student rights. Young Paraguayans will gain practical knowledge and experience in democratic processes, catalyzing a culture of participation that will stimulate increased participation in elections and public policy. Approximately 1,200 young people will benefit directly and 50,000 more indirectly.