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Active grantees: 33
IAF commitment: $9,678,258
Counterpart: $8,040,159
Total investment: $17,718,417
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, corporate social investment, economic development/income generation, education/training, enterprise development, the environment, gender, rural development, tourism, and youth.

Contact information:

Sarah Stewart, Foundation Representative
Mary Delorey, Foundation Representative
Monica Radwan, Program Assistant
Norman Sagastume, Local Liaison

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Active Grantees:

Centro de Educación Vocacional Grupo Juvenil Dion (GJD) will improve training and employment opportunities for 1,400 at-risk youths from Tegucigalpa and also improve the standard of living of their parents as it works toward becoming a premier center for vocational education, job placement and enterprise development.

Asociación de Productores de Hortalizas y Frutales de Intibucá (APRHOFI) will introduce farmers to modern techniques that increase fruit and vegetable production. It will also improve its storage and processing center and will expand its marketing program.

Organización para el Empoderamiento de la Juventud (OYE Adelante Jóvenes) will develop its programs in the arts, its magazine and its radio broadcasts through equipment purchases, training and internships directed at young Hondurans at risk. It will work to make these activities self-sufficient so that they continue to benefit vulnerable young Hondurans and the community of El Progreso.

Grupo Güinopeño Ambientalista (Grupo Guia) will provide training and related technical assistance in communities in the municipalities of Yauype and Maraita in southern Honduras to help farmers and their families apply conservation practices, manage their water supply, plant gardens and raise small livestock for sale and household use. The work toward improving the food supply, income and the general quality of life is expected to benefit 290 Hondurans directly and another 1,300 indirectly.

Asociación de Desarrollo Pespirense (ADEPES) will offer support to 500 rural youths who are undertaking 16 development projects and launching 25 microenterprises in the municipality of Pespire, which is located in a sparsely populated and drought-stricken region of southern Honduras where living conditions are harsh. This grantee’s work is especially relevant today because it is addressing a demographic group that has been traditionally excluded from economic life and is prone to migrate. The project will benefit another 2,800 Hondurans indirectly.

Junta Administradora de Agua y Saneamiento de las Aldeas de Guayabito, Confradía, Destino, Naranjal y Jicaro Gordo (GUAYABITO) will repair, update and expand the local water system, develop a nursery supplying trees for continued reforestation of the watersheds and offer training in water management and sanitation to residents serving on water boards in the villages of Guayabito, Confradía, Destino, Naranjal and Jicaro Gordo. The work will benefit 1,500 Hondurans directly and another 7,500 indirectly.

Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM) will work with farmers in 15 communities in the municipality of Choloma, department of Cortes, to improve their production, processing and marketing of cacao. Toward that goal it will encourage the application of “agroecological” practices that are environmentally responsible, including safeguarding the vital local watershed. The project will benefit 450 Hondurans directly and another 2,700 indirectly.

Asociación de Consejeros para una Agricultura Sostenible, Ecológica y Humana (COSECHA) will work in 18 communities in the municipalities of Alubarén, Cuarén and Reitoca in the southern region of the department of Francisco Morazán to encourage the use of environmentally responsible farming methods and to improve practices of water management. Forty residents will be trained as volunteer extension agents who will offer the necessary training and technical assistance. The work will benefit 450 Hondurans directly and another 2,250 indirectly.

Asociación de Desarrollo Triunfeña (ADETRIUNF) will offer comprehensive training and financial support toward the development of microenterprises by 230 young people in four municipalities in the Department of Choluteca. Fifteen microenterprises developed earlier will be strengthened for sustainability and their potential to generate additional youth employment and alternatives to migration. In response to water scarcity in southern Honduras, ADETRIUNF will work with five additional communities on water management, protection of community water sources and improved food security. These activities will reach 400 persons and 8,400 indirectly.

Fundación Hondureña de Ambiente y Desarrollo Vida (FV) will work to increase the income of farmers in the drought belt of southern Honduras by encouraging the application of “agroecological” practices that include no-tillage farming and the use of wind breaks, live fences, green mulching and biological control of pests, all of which tend to protect or improve the environment. The project will directly benefit 3,000 Hondurans, including many female heads-of-household, in the municipalities of Aguanqueterique and Lauteríque, departments of La Paz, and the municipalities of Aramecina and Caridad, department of Valle. It will indirectly impact at least another 10,000 residents.

Vecinos Honduras (VH) will enable coffee farmers in seven communities in the Azabache zone of the municipality of Danlí, department of El Paraíso, to reduce their dependency on a single crop, introduce the cultivation of fruits and vegetables and apply “agroecological” practices that protect their soil and water supply. Training will also help them manage their rural savings and loan associations more effectively. The work will benefit 1,060 farmers and members of their families directly and another 1,100 Hondurans indirectly.

Organización para el Desarrollo de Corquín (ODECO-Corquín) will involve 235 families and two elementary school in its effort to improve food security, including by composting organic waste and introducing children to responsible farming methods, and to develop community councils in urban areas of the municipalities of Corquín and San Pedro de Copán. The work will benefit 1,000 Hondurans directly and 2,000 indirectly.

Asociación de Mujeres Intibucanas Renovadas (AMIR) comprised of indigenous women from rural areas of the municipalities of Intibucá and San Francisco de Opalaca, will train its members in farming methods compatible with the responsible use of the environment and in effective approaches to marketing the fruit and jam that they process and will improve its storage facilities. The result should be a more reliable food supply, better use of natural resources and improved household income. Some 300 Hondurans will benefit directly and another 3,000 indirectly.

Cooperativa Agrícola Esfuerzo Occidental Limitada (CAEOL) will work in 10 municipalities in two departments in western Honduras to help its member farmers adopt practices compatible with the responsible use of the environment, increase production and generate more income. As an organization, CAEOL will develop its administrative skills, expand its membership, find new markets and provide technical training.

Fundación Comunitaria Puca (PUCA), comprising 28 communities in the department of Lempira, will develop its members’ ability to manage the natural resources of the Refugio de Vida Silvestres Montaña de Puca in collaboration with local water and forestry boards and a volunteer corps of forest rangers. The participants will undertake advocacy on behalf of the reserve, install technologies compatible with its ecosystems, apply sanitation techniques to protect watersheds, and develop further as organizations. The work will benefit 1,500 Hondurans directly and another 2,000 indirectly.

Federación de Juntas Administradoras de Agua y Saneamiento de Morazán Yoro (FEJASMY) will work to assure the sufficiency and quality of the water supply in 12 communities of Morazán, Yoro, by training their water management boards in effective management and maintenance; furthering efficient use; repairing, updating and expanding infrastructure; and developing as an organization capable of prioritizing needs, identifying sources of funds, advocating effectively on behalf of constituents and undertaking new projects. The more reliable flow of potable water should benefit 8,000 Hondurans directly and another 8,000 in nearby communities indirectly.

Cooperativa de Servicios Agropecuarios 25 de Julio in Honduras (25 de Julio), located in the municipality of Victoria, Yoro, will help its members improve their income by developing the cooperative’s administrative skills, conducting training, offering credit in partnership with a community savings-and loan-association, increasing coffee production, pooling harvests to sell in volume and reaching new markets. The work will benefit 105 Hondurans directly and another 550 indirectly.

The Unión de Cajas Rurales del Occidente de Honduras (UCROH), an umbrella organization of rural credit unions (cajas rurales), will provide loans and training in effective management to ensure the long-term sustainability of these cooperatives. It will also increase its membership in four municipalities in the department of Intibucá. Approximately 300 people will benefit directly and another 900 indirectly. 

Centro para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación LGBTI (SOMOS CDC) will provides vocational and microenterprise training for at-risk youth from Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela, and work to advance LGBTI rights in Honduras. Some 200 individuals from Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela will benefit directly and 300 indirectly. 

Fundación Chorotega (FUNDACHOR) will build the capacity of five groups of predominately female shrimp producers to increase their incomes by offering training, technical assistance, materials, and exchanges, and assessing the creation of a shrimp producers’ association. The grant will benefit 140 producers directly and another 500 individuals indirectly in Namasigue, in the department of Choluteca. 

Centro Integral Misión de Amor (CIMA) works to improve the quality of life and integration of youth with disabilities by improving their technical skills, raising public awareness through a campaign about the rights of people with disabilities (PWD), and providing sign language training. The project will benefit 90 people directly and 260 indirectly in at least four municipalities, La Esperanza, Intibucá, Jesus de Otoro, and Yamaranguila, in the department of Intibucá, Honduras.

Centro de Enseñanza Aprendizaje de Agricultura Sostenible El Socorro (CEASO) will empower families in approximately 12 communities located in and near the buffer zone of the Montecillos Biological Reserve. The project will establish a more reliable food supply through training in agroforesty and agroecological production using the Finca Humana (Human Farm) approach. CEASO will also help to restore natural ecosystems through the establishment of community and individual tree nurseries, benefitting 1,100 people directly and another 9,000 indirectly. 

The Centro de Desarrollo Humano (CDH) will strengthen and expand networks of youth organizations for active civic participation and leadership in the prevention of social violence and promotion of the fundamental rights of youth. Grant activities include training young people on leadership and organizational development, and monitoring and promotion of public policy. CDH will also establish local youth-managed centers providing recreational, artistic and economic opportunities. The project will be carried out in six municipalities in southern Honduras and in Tegucigalpa, directly benefiting 1,200 young people and over 5,000 indirectly.

Asociación Solidaridad (SOLIDARIDAD) will promote the expansion of agroecology farming systems with families in 12 communities of Opatoro municipality in the department of La Paz using a Finca Humana (Human Farm) approach. SOLIDARIDAD will provide training and technical assistance to diversify and improve agricultural production toward food security and establish solidarity groups and a solidarity council to improve mutual assistance, shared learning and decision-making. The project will directly benefit 270 people and 600 indirectly.   

Programa de Reconstrucción Rural (PRR) will promote the expansion of agroecological farming systems, strengthen local farmer-led agricultural research committees (or CIAL for their acronym in Spanish), and link associations of producers with local and regional markets. These activities will improve the quality of life of families in 24 communities in San Andres, Santa Cruz, Concepcion Sur and San Pedro de Zacapa municipalities in the Lempira and Santa Barbara departments in western Honduras. PRR will provide training, technical assistance, materials and access to working capital funds to diversify and improve agroecological production and ensure regional food supplies. PRR will strengthen farmer-led local and regional associations of CIALs to produce and sell improved native seed varieties favorable to challenging environmental conditions. The project will directly benefit 400 individuals; indirectly, the project will reach approximately 2400 individuals.  

Asociación Nacional para el Fomento de la Agricultura Ecológica in Honduras (ANAFAE) through this grant ANAFAE will work 15 of its member organizations to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote sustainable and ecologically sound agriculture methods (agroecology) in the drought-prone southern and western regions of Honduras. Project activities focus on technical assistance and peer-learning methodology to expand ANAFAE’ member organizations’ transparency and accountability and communications to raise awareness of promising practices in agroecology with policy makers, and  contribute to organizational sustainability of individual member organizations  and the association as a whole. The project will directly benefit approximately 100 community trainers and technical staff in 15 of ANAFAE’s member organizations in the southern and central western regions of the country, and indirectly benefit 10,000 farmers in communities they serve. 

La Asociación Pro Comunidades Turísticas de Honduras (LAPROCOTURH) will strengthen its network of 15 community-based tourism committee members located in or near protected areas on the North Coast of Honduras. LAPROCOTURH will create marketing alliances to increase visitation, provide training, technical assistance and access to credit to its members to improve small business revenue. It will also raise environmental awareness among communities where its members are located and about the benefits of protecting their natural resources. The project will directly benefit 500 people located in eight municipalities on the North Coast and another 1,800 indirectly. 

Fundación en Acción Comunitaria de Honduras (FUNACH) will work with families to establish agroforestry systems that will increase agricultural production to ensure food security and boost household incomes through activities that will also help mitigate seasonal migration and protect local water supplies. Working in eight communities of Sulaco municipality in the Department of Yoro, FUNACH will facilitate materials and technical assistance to increase yield of coffee and grains, protect community water sources, enhance water collection and use at the household level, and enrich nutrition through vegetable garden plots. In addition, FUNACH will provide training to at least 19 community groups to improve their leadership and decision-making processes. The project will directly benefit 850 people and indirectly benefit 950 people.

Asociación de Desarrollo Pespírense (ADEPES.) The project is the result of networking efforts between IAF youth grantees in Central America initiated in 2016. The three organizations implementing this project are successful and creative IAF grantee partners seeking to establish comprehensive development alternatives for youth in communities impacted by high rates of migration, in which their educational, employment and social options are limited. The collaborative effort contributes to shared learning among the grantees, with ADEPES and ADETRIUNF incorporating scholarship programs into their overall approach and expanding relationships with the private sector for greater sustainability, areas in which OYE has excelled. OYE for its part will benefit from the experience of ADEPES and ADETRIUNF in entrepreneurial training and support of youth microenterprises. All three of the organizations have solid leadership training programs and civic engagement experience which they will synthesize for the development of a joint curriculum. This grant is part of a broader IAF initiative focused on supporting economic prosperity, democracy, and governance consistent with the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.

Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras (OCDIH) will strengthen the capacity of networks of women’s and youth organizations and the Federación Hondureña de Indígenas Lencas (FHONDIL) to engage public and private sector decision-makers in the municipalities of Trinidad, Ilama and Chinda. The project will promote shared learning, planning and investment by key municipal leaders to address migration, violence and insecurity, and economic development needs impacting their communities. Project activities will also include training in the principles and practices necessary to promote a ‘culture of peace’ at the local level, and establishment of citizen security and peace roundtables. Direct beneficiaries include 250 young people and women; there are 5,350 indirect beneficiaries.

Asociación del Trifinio para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ATRIDEST) will help address the lack of employment opportunities, especially for youth, and extreme weather-linked food insecurity in the southwestern department of Ocotepeque. ATRIDEST will carry out project activities with 140 farmers in 10 communities to improve production by setting up farm field schools to share sustainable strategies, such as integrated pest management, drip irrigation and the use of organic inputs. ATRIDEST will also work with community savings and loan organizations (or CRACs for their acronym in Spanish) to support market-driven production initiatives for their farming and community members with a goal of increasing their productivity and income. ATRIDEST proposes to use a novel approach using field schools as a method for transfer of technology for CRACs, creating mutual benefits like connecting directly to markets. The project will directly benefit 400 farmers and another 6,300 indirectly including their families and members of the 10 communities.

Empresa de Servicios Múltiples Artesanos y Guías de El Pino (ESMAG- El Pino) works with children, youth and adults to promote leadership and entrepreneurship skills and build environmental awareness. 


Asociación Red de Desarrollo Sostenible-Honduras (RDS-HN) partners with community radios to provide educational and hands-on learning to improve the availability and use of nutritious traditional foods.