Project profile — CRECER: Sustainable Economic Growth for Women and Youth in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

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CRECER: Sustainable Economic Growth for Women and Youth in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala - Overview
SOCODEVI - Canadian Cooperation Society for International Development (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2019-03-22 - 2024-03-31
Country / region • Guatemala (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (20.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (5.00%)
• Energy Generation, Renewable Resources
Energy generation, renewable sources - multiple technologies (23210) (5.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural policy and administrative management (31110) (10.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural development (31120) (25.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural extension (31166) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (15.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to increase the economic empowerment of Q’eqchi’ women and youth in Alta Verapaz in Guatemala. It proposes a multi-dimensional approach challenging traditional gender roles within the family unit, overcoming socio-cultural barriers to women’s participation within the Federation of Cooperatives of the Verapaces (FEDECOVERA) and its member cooperatives, and advocating for gender equality at local, regional and national levels. The project seeks to improve agricultural entrepreneurship in the sectors of organic cardamom and turmeric, and to position the the products in niche markets with organic and fair trade certifications. It also contributes to strengthening clean and sustainable practices of 19 cooperatives affiliated with FEDECOVERA by improving their inclusive governance and their ability to support their members in adopting green practices. Project main activities include: (1) planting cardamom and turmeric following organic and agroforestry production, (2) training women and youth under Field School and Skills for Coop programs, (3) implementing energy-efficient technologies, and (4) holding forums and working sessions on best practices for the economic empowerment of Indigenous women and youth.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased decent job opportunities for women and youth, especially from Indigenous communities, (2) strengthened innovative, clean and sustainable business practices in small-scale enterprises, especially those headed by women and youth, from Indigenous communities in particular, and (3) strengthened practices of key regional and national actors promoting the economic empowerment of women and youth, particularly from Indigenous communities.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) obtained agroforestry plots for 2730 people. These people include 868 women, 929 young women and 933 young men who benefited from the creation of cardamom and turmeric plantations; (2) managers of 21 beneficiary cooperatives participated in the socialization process. The process allowed for a more equitable representation of women and young people in decision-making spaces; (3) increased membership of the 21 participating cooperatives. This is an increase of 44.94% since the beginning of the implementation, for a total of 5663 members. Of these members, there are 1758 women, 944 young women and 1088 young men; (4) planted cardamom on 333.05 hectares and turmeric on 83.2 hectares, in association with high commercial value forest species such as mahogany and cedar; (5) increased knowledge of 2158 participants. The training focused on the agro-ecology of the plots, the importance of women's participation, knowledge exchange of cardamom and turmeric crops, environmental issues and organizational development; and (6) implemented actions to combat and adapt to climate change in 18 of the 21 cooperatives. In parallel: agroforestry schemes integrated the agricultural part of both value chains and forest species with high economic value that contribute to various environmental services; the use of more efficient kilns in the consumption of firewood and drying time; and kilns that contribute to the reduction of pollutants such as smoke that is dispersed into the environment.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $1,404,409
Transaction Date Type Value
15-08-2023 Disbursement $433,610
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