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Youths Leading Economic Ventures in Quiche

This project aims to improve opportunities for the socio economic development of youth in the department of Quiche, in Guatemala. Its specific objective is to increase opportunities for the observance of youth socio economic rights through civic exercises and access to local markets for enterprises led by young people and women.

  • Location
  • Start project
    2018
  • Projectstatus
    Active
  • ID: NL-KVK-56484038-110109-56
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Background

The Barbara Ford Peace Center Organization (CBF) was founded by the Sisters of Charity in July 2009, with the mission to promote the exercise of citizenship engaged with people living in poverty, integral development, justice and peace, with an emphasis in women, youth, community leaders and local authorities. The organization is located in Quiche, Northern Guatemala, one of the departments that was most affected by the armed conflict. Their work includes training courses, services and programs in the following areas: security and justice, violence prevention and conflict transformation, youth and women entrepreneurship, citizenship and political participation, integral health and food security.

CBF has been a local partner by participating in the program: More opportunities, more rights for youth in Guatemala and Nicaragua, financed by Kerk in Actie since 2016. The program aims to strengthen social leadership among indigenous youths in Guatemala and Nicaragua from a gender, rights based and pertinent cultural approach.

The program focuses in the following main lines of action:

- Economic empowerment;
- Lobby, advocacy and political participation; and
- Violence prevention.

With their previous project implemented in the 2016-2017, CPF aimed to contribute to consolidating the social, political and economic leadership of young indigenous women and men in the province of Quiche Guatemala, specifically by:

- Promoting the participation and involvement of young adults, both women and men, in decision-making spaces and collective processes, that favour the exercise and observance of their rights in the municipalities of Santa Cruz, Cotzal, Chajul and Cunen, in the department of Quiche, in Guatemala;
- Strengthening youth-led entrepreneurial ventures linked to the Youth Cooperative of Honey Producers.
Youths Leading Economic Ventures in Quiche

Target group

- 65 female youth.
- 42 male youth.
- 16 adult women.
- 8 communities.

Sustainability

The sustainability of the project relies on the following:

- Capacity building on target youth;
- Articulation and coalition building with strategic actors, including state and non state actors;
- CBF incorporates in its works the design of an exit strategy which will be implemented once the entrepreneurs are ready to act independently;
- The economic empowerment strategy includes technical support for the youth led economic ventures to get connected with inclusive markets.

Goals overview

General Objective:

- To improve opportunities for socio economic development of youth in the department of Quiche, Guatemala.

Specific Objective:

- To increase opportunities for the observance of youth socio economic rights through civic exercises and access to local markets for enterprises led by young people and women, previously supported by Kerk in Actie in past years.

Expected result related to economic empowerment:

- Young entrepreneurs implement continuous improvement processes for their ventures, which represent a decent income opportunity for them;
- Junam Q ab RL Youth Cooperative strengthen their administrative and marketing systems.

By the end of this project, it is expected that 63 young people linked to 10 ventures (collective and individual) generate income, and have strengthened their ventures through the development of continuous improvement processes.

Expected result related to lobby, advocacy and political participation:

- Youths have greater knowledge of their socio economic rights and promote them at a local level.

By the end of this project, it is expected that at least 20 adolescents and young people are organized to demand the fulfillment of their rights, particularly their socio economic rights.

In general terms, it is expected that at least 93 indigenous youths from Quiche will have engaged in processes aimed to increase their socio economic empowerment.
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