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Asociación de Desarrollo Pespirense (ADEPES)

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Public Statement 2014

Title Youth Entrepreneurs Promoting Their Social and Economic Inclusion in Pespire
Type of organization Association
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $250,000
Counterpart Committed $165,500 ($101,800 in cash and $63,700 in kind)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 200
Indirect: 1,200
Primary program areas Enterprise development

Organizational background:
ADEPES is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1998 and became legally constituted the same year. Its mission is to advance development consistent with the responsible use of natural resources and improve the quality of life for residents of Pespire. Its general assembly includes 45 leaders of rural communities and civil society and uses democratic practices. ADEPES’ executive board, comprising six community leaders and one local civil society leader, determines policy and delegates management to the operational staff.

Project Objective:
To support youth-led microenterprises and other enterprises and encourage young Hondurans to participate in community development and economic life in their municipality.

ADEPES will offer support to 200 rural youths who are undertaking 16 development projects and launching 16 microenterprises in the municipality of Pespire, which is located in a sparsely populated and drought-stricken region of southern Honduras that barely supports survival. 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 1,200 Hondurans indirectly.

Rationale for funding:
The residents of Pespire have suffered decades of neglect. Their county is located in a sparsely populated and drought-stricken region that barely supports survival. The grantee is focusing on the inclusion of disadvantaged young people in development, a strategic priority for the IAF and a matter of concern to the U.S. government.

Learning Opportunity:
This project should show how steps toward reversing a pattern of exclusion of rural youths can be changed by supporting youth-led initiatives in community and economic development.