- Country: Guatemala
- Award period: March 2016 - August 2018
Mercy Corps is organizing 51 savings and loan groups for youth in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, whose lack of access to formal credit constrains their ability to generate income. Youth in this activity, called AgriJoven, will engage in formal discussions on agronomic and social topics and will be encouraged to purchase agricultural technologies that will help them improve on-farm productivity. Mercy Corps will work with horticulture exporter Fair Fruit to pilot this savings and loan model and to demonstrate technology appropriate for farmer adoption. Rana Labs, a digital media agency that trains youth in multimedia development, will train youth on video production using smartphone technology to provide mobile extension services and promote the savings and loan groups.
Outcome: 1,020 youth will access savings and loan groups to invest in agricultural production and 1,500 youth will engage in formal discussions on technical and social topics.