Lift indigenous Guatemalans out of poverty by providing access to land, better food and healthcare.
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 farmer diversify crops, improve quality and increase revenues
- Health: Launching a network of pharmacies in previously unserved remote villages
All stories about Guatemala
Guatemala: A community abuzz April 3, 2008
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 April 3, 2008
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 April 3, 2008
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 April 3, 2008
To most rural Guatemalans, land means everything.
Guatemala: The Sound of Progress July 18, 2007
Guatemala: Promoting Peaceful Solutions July 18, 2007
Decades of civil war, an inequitable colonial legacy and economic downturns have driven rural Guatemalan families further into poverty.
Guatemala: Defusing Crisis July 18, 2007
Olivia's calm smile says a lot about her life today. However, just a few months ago, the situation was a lot different.
Guatemala: Help 300 Women Stay Cancer-Free February 22, 2006
Guatemala: Rebuilding Lives While Respecting Cultures February 6, 2006
As Guatemalan families return to what's left of their shattered villages, Mercy Corps stands committed to helping them recover from the destruction and despair that Hurricane Stan brought to their country.
Guatemala: Flooding in Central America Threatens Families November 7, 2005
Areas of Guatemala hit by Hurricane Stan continue struggling to dig out and begin the long process of rebuilding villages and lives. Destroyed bridges and ruined roads are hampering travel along the main highways in the area, further isolating affected areas.