Guatemala

Elevating agriculture to improve lives

Nearly two decades ago, Guatemala faced the devastating consequences of an ongoing civil war, leading to widespread poverty. As men migrated in search of work, women were left without the necessary skills to sustain family farms, exacerbated by the government’s suspension of the National Rural Extension System. This resulted in increased hunger and alarming rates of childhood malnutrition.

Counterpart’s Food for Progress program (2016-2023), funded by USAID, in Guatemala addresses these challenges by empowering local communities with agricultural knowledge, tools, and market development opportunities. The program reinstated the National Rural Extension System, trained Ministry of Agriculture agents and community members, strengthened cooperatives and Rural Development Learning Centers, and expanded financial services for agricultural cooperatives.

Results that last

41.5M

in loans granted

2276

new jobs created

47K+

individuals benefited

326

Ministry of Agriculture agents trained

PROJECTS

Our work in Guatemala

Food for Progress

Food for Progress

Counterpart’s Food for Progress program in Guatemala improves the ability of local communities to increase their agricultural production and improve their livelihoods.
Participación Cívica in Guatemala

Participación Cívica in Guatemala

This project strengthened and developed the capacity of civil society organizations and government officials in Guatemala to play a more effective role in addressing accountability, transparency and anti-corruption related issues.
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Dispatches from Guatemala

Agricultural Loans Open Doors for Rural Guatemalan Farmers

Agricultural Loans Open Doors for Rural Guatemalan Farmers

The agricultural loans provided by our partner Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito (MICOOPE) through Counterpart’s USDA-funded Food for Progress program, support small local producers in the rural...
Harvests Flourish When Producers are Given the Funds to Invest

Harvests Flourish When Producers are Given the Funds to Invest

Juan Guarcas used the loan provided by our partner MICOOPE (Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito) to invest in his fruit growing business, and now his harvest of...