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
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Guatemala: Part 2: Tilling the soil
Training newly landed farmers and helping them sell to lucrative markets is the second step in Mercy Corps' approach to rural economic development.
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Guatemala: Part 1: Owning the land
Guatemala: Video: What Youth Can Do
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Guatemala: A community abuzz
Raising honeybees is all the buzz in this bucolic Guatemalan village, where a dozen women harvested $700 worth of honey in their first year.
Guatemala: Won in Translation
On any given morning, the spotless health center in tiny Tucurú, Guatemala is abuzz with activity. Carmelina Botzoc is a big reason why.
Guatemala: Worth The Wait
Alta Verapaz, Guatemala — Machetes are ubiquitous here in rural Guatemala, and Valeriano wields his expertly as he slashes away at weeds on his hillside field.
Guatemala: It Begins With Land
To most rural Guatemalans, land means everything.
Guatemala: The Sound of Progress
Guatemala: Promoting Peaceful Solutions
Decades of civil war, an inequitable colonial legacy and economic downturns have driven rural Guatemalan families further into poverty.