Almost half the population are direct descendants of the Maya
125th Country on the Human Development Index
¼ of the GDP comes from agriculture, mainly coffee, sugar, and bananas
The fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world, and the highest in Latin America. Chronic undernutrition of children under five sits at 49.8%
Blue denim originated here
More than half the population lives below the poverty line, with 13% in extreme poverty
Climate change has brought many hardships to the country
Geographically slightly smaller than Pennsylvania, with 33 volcanos
INVEST IN GUATEMALA
What's the Situation?
The people who are afflicted most severely by poverty and hunger are the indigenous population. More specifically women and children who live in the rural areas. The highlands and the dry corridor, a semi arid zone with frequent drought, degraded soil quality, and low crop yield, are most adversely affected. The global economic uncertainty has caused an increase in the price of agricultural inputs, when coupled with the effects of global warming, has created a dire situation for subsistence famers in the country. Like a disease, the situation is worsening the affects on the subsistence farmer. Quick action is needed to heal the farming communities.
How is Homegrown helping?
In Guatemala, we are using methods that will improve the soil integrity and increase the resistance of the farming communities to drought conditions. We are focusing on the indigenous people as Homegrown is all about returning the country back to its roots by first ensuring they have a stable base to grow from.
What Can You Do?
By investing in a Land Bank in Guatemala, you will help an indigenous farmer gain solid footing and fair wages which will help them grow out of the poverty cycle. It's all about planting that first seed.