Lift indigenous Guatemalans out of poverty by providing access to land, more nutritious food and healthcare. Empower women and youth through trainings to improve their lives and better their communities.
About 80 percent of the population lives in poverty, partly because fertile land — the most important means of production in this agricultural economy — is concentrated in the hands of a few. Land reform since the end of its 36-year civil war in 1996 has advanced in fits and starts. The country also struggles with government corruption, high crime rates, crippled infrastructure and high rates of malnutrition.
- Conflict & Governance: Training communities to mediate land disputes that block rural development
- Agriculture & Food: Distributing food and providing nutrition education to mothers with young children; helping small farmers diversify crops, improve quality and increase revenues
- Health: Establishing a network of pharmacies in previously unserved remote villages; providing health and hygiene education to build healthier communities
All stories about Guatemala
Guatemala: Healthy mothers make happy families, hopeful futures
We taught mothers in rural Guatemala how to improve the lives of their children through nutrition, hygiene and pregnancy care. Learn how the lessons are giving them a brighter, healthier future.
Guatemala: Tea and spice growers working for healthier futures
Growing tea ingredients is a precarious livelihood. That's why we've worked with Tazo Tea over the last decade to support farming communities in India and Guatemala. Meet a few people who now have a brighter future.
Guatemala: Technology connects snow pea farmers to success
The export market is critical for snow pea farmers. To help them stay on the path to success, we’re connecting them to a new software that tracks their harvests.
Guatemala: Recipes for a bright start: Healthy meals for Guatemala's children
Learn how to make the dishes we're teaching mothers to cook for their children to fight malnutrition and prepare them for a happy future.
Guatemala: Coffee farmers facing hunger, damaged livelihoods
An epidemic of coffee leaf rust is putting vulnerable families in Guatemala at increased risk of food insecurity.
Guatemala: Building homes and resilience in communities struck by quake
We responded immediately when natural disaster devastated rural communities in Guatemala, and we stayed beyond the emergency to help them build back better.
Guatemala: Meet our field staff: Carlos
Fighting for the rights of rural communities comes naturally to Carlos. Find out why he's dedicated to improving lives in his own country.
Guatemala: Juan Tista Toj, pharmacist in Guatemala
More pharmacies will begin serving remote villages thanks to a pilot program that Mercy Corps and partners are taking to scale throughout the country.
Guatemala: Rapid response gets food to families after earthquake
Mercy Corps works in some of the poorest communities in western Guatemala — which were at the epicenter of the 7.4 earthquake that struck the country on November 7, 2012.
Guatemala: Speeding relief to earthquake survivors
Mercy Corps is providing emergency food for families affected by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Guatemala last week.