Heifer Guatemala

Live in Rural Areas

Rely on Agriculture

Live Below the Poverty Line


About half of Guatemala’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 41 percent of Guatemala’s land area is used for agricultural purposes and 32 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Guatemala rates 125 out of 187 countries in poverty according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 14 percent of its 15 million people live below the poverty line, on
$1.25 a day, and 13 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.

7523 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Guatemala

Heifer Guatemala works will small-scale farm families to improve their local environment and the management of their natural resources. Our programs are designed to encourage collaboration between individuals and between individuals and community entities. We work to establish and develop strong community-based organizations (i.e. farmer associations and cooperatives) that emphasize the empowerment of women and youth.

Families are improving their livelihoods by becoming key players in strengthening their food and nutritional security. They are learning to grow a variety of nutritional foods in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way, and raising healthier animals that provide a good source of protein. Our work is helping families expand their farm’s production, generate additional income by accessing new markets, and foster local value chains (i.e. coffee, cocoa, cardamom and honey).

Isabel Lopez Garcia
Isabel Lopez Garcia (68) feeds his sheep fodder in Quilinco village
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Leadership and Decision Making Training, Women’s Self-Help Groups, Farmer Exchange Visits, Full Participation

  • Increased Income

    Value Chain Development, Ancestral Knowledge Education, Good Manufacturing Practices, Organizational Strengthening, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Self-help Groups, Community Leadership, Resource Mobilization, Cooperative Development

  • Nutrition

    Animal and Crop Management, Vegetable Gardening, Medicinal Herb Gardens, Food System Development

  • Environment

    Natural Resource Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Risk Management, Reforestation, Agroforestry, Agroecology

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

Project Partners


  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • Ford Foundation

Local Implementing Partners

  • Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)
  • Asociación de Organizaciones de los Cuchumatanes (ASOCUCH)
  • Fundación Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS)
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Rural Integral (ADRI)
  • Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza
  • EcoLogic Development Fund
  • Fundación para el Fortalecimiento de las Organizaciones de Base (FUNDEBASE)
  • Asociación de Cooperación al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango (Cooperativa ACODIHUE)
  • Asociación de Productores Organicos para el Desarrollo Integral del Polochic (APODIP)
  • Texas A&M University
  • Cooperativa Santa María Nebaj
  • Asociación de Asentamiento Unidos del Area (ASAUNIXIL)
  • Cooperativa Maya Ixíl
  • Organizaión de Cooperación Internacional de Proyectos de Desarrollo (DISOP)
  • Asociación Regional Campesina Chorti (ASORECH)
  • Asociación de Servicios y Desarrollo Socioeconómico de Chiquimula (ASEDECHI)
  • Diakonía
  • Cooperación Alemana
  • Oro Verde
  • Secretaría de Asuntos Agrarios (SAA)
  • Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED)
  • Secretaria de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SESAN)
  • Instancia de Consulta y Participación Social (INCOPAS)
  • Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación


Heifer International Guatemala

4ta. Avenida “A” 13-73 Zona 13 Colonia Lomas de Pamplona Guatemala City 01013

T: 502.2.475.1665

Get Directions