Guatemala

We Effect supports farmer organizations and cooperatives that enable small-holder agricultural diversification to reduce poverty and vulnerability to crop failure and a loss of earning; achieving gender equality in cooperatives is primordial, for example, via lobbying to change laws so that women can more easily become members in cooperatives. The housing cooperative model allows members to construct their homes through mutual support and collective construction and ownership.

Rosa Can y Floridalma Yat, Aproba Sank. Foto: Claudio Vásquez Bianchi

We also partner with small holder farmer and indigenous peoples’ social organizations that are raising awareness about environmental degradation and land right. In Guatemala, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women. As of January 1, 2015, We Effect’s Regional Office in Latin America has been located in Guatemala.

A safe space for work, play and study

“We hear in the news about people being evicted for not being able to pay their mortgage or their rent. They live on the street with only a tarp for roof. Out of 1,000 landlords, maybe 50 or 100 would accept to lower the rent during these times as recommended by the government. The rest just evict the families. If we hadn´t had the collective ownership we would probably already be on the street, evicted by the bank – but here, nobody will take our homes.”

 

Meet Silvia Martínez from the housing cooperative Fe y Esperanza