Guatemala's rich agricultural crops provide the United States with many of our bananas, sugar, honey, and coffee. However, the Guatemalan people are still struggling with poverty, which particularly effects the indigenous population. Providing opportunity for growth to these individuals is essential. Additionally, by equipping the Guatemalan people with sustainable business practices, WCCN and our partners are working to slow one of the highest rates of deforestation in the Western Hemisphere.

OUR PARTNERS IN GUATEMALA

ADICLA

Partner Since 2015

ADICLA began its activities in 1989 to provide a better standard of living to the Guatemalan population through financial and productive services and ethical practices and values.  ADICLA operates in Sololá and Santo Tomás La Unión and has developed from a predominantly agricultural portfolio to eco-tourism ventures around the area's natural lakes. The bulk of its lending is to individuals (86%), but it maintains a substantial portfolio of group lending.

ADISA

Partner Since 2017

ADISA is an NGO lending institution in Guatemala focused on rural microfinance. Founded in 1991, the organization has a strong history in the region and a loyal client base. ADISA provides mostly individual loans with a small portion of the portfolio allocated to group lending. Over 80% of the organizations loans are in rural areas, 61% of loanees are women, and the staff live in the community of San Antonia Ilotenango in which they lend.

CREDIGUATE

Partner Since 2015

A credit union created by the Association of Integral Rural Development (ASDIR), a long time WCCN partner, Crediguate serves rural poor clients from its main offices in Totonicapán, Guatemala. It also reaches other municipalities of the west and central regions of Guatemala, particularly Sololá, Suchitepéquez, Huehuetenango and Quiché.

Approximately 70% of their total clients are rural and around 75% of their clients are indigenous people, particularly Maya-Kíche. Loans to solidarity groups/community banks represent 77% of total number of clients served with an average loan size to these borrowers of $196.

SERVIGUA

Partner Since 2019

The Guatemalan Services Foundation (SERVIGUA) was created in September of 2006 as a foundation that would respond to the microfinance sector through the implementation of development projects in Santa Cruz del Quiché. The SERVIGUA Foundation, since its inception, was an instrument aimed at solving poverty and underdevelopment. Its goal is to promote adapted financial products, to achieve a greater economic and social impact. This was due to the demand that existed in the population, given that the poorest people could not access the formal banking programs because of the strict requirements requested by those banks. The foundation currently lends to over 650 people, all of whom are in rural areas. 

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