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Honduras

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, plagued by abject poverty, violent crime and widespread insecurity. Helvetas supports smallholders’ associations in increasing their productivity while also ensuring sustainability. In addition, Helvetas promotes vocational training for young people to improve their employment prospects.
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  • Capital
    Tegucigalpa
  • Area
    112,492 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    18% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 130 out of 188
  • Population
    8,190,000
  • People supported per year
    15,269
  • Thematic focus
    Environment and Climate Change
    Governance, Peace & Migration
    Sustainable and Inclusive Economies
    Skills Development and Education
* Source: UN Data

The forests of Honduras are a trove of biodiversity. But they are threatened by deforestation, whether by large landowners or by smallholders who, out of economic necessity, need new fertile land to farm. Helvetas focuses its efforts in Honduras on the economic development of small farmers: by improving the skills and know-how of farmers’ associations, we contribute to generating fair value chains for products like organic cacao. This approach serves to increase small farmers’ income, while managing natural resources sustainably and restoring soil fertility.

Better prospects for rural communities

Honduras, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has virtually no future prospects to offer young people. Only one in five go to secondary school, and even fewer in rural areas. To earn money, many young people migrate to the cities, where they easily end up in criminal circles and gangs. Together with Helvetas, the ministry of education and municipal authorities offer young people an alternative in rural areas by providing practically oriented vocational training.

Promoting entrepreneurship

We foster entrepreneurial skills in the agricultural sector as well as in more urban professions (e.g. electrician). Teenagers and young adults learn which products are in demand, how to market them successfully and how to draw up business plans. We support trainees, even during their training, in setting up small businesses as electricians, poultry breeders or vegetable growers.

Giving the people a say

Helvetas also enables municipal authorities to bring public services closer to the citizenry. Through democratic participation, the population can articulate their needs and priorities with regard to public spending, e.g. to call for road repairs or a new school.

Visit the website of Helvetas Honduras.

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Our Projects in Central America

 If you would like to know more about our work in Honduras, click on each project for details.

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Honduras Knowledge and Learning

Vocational Training as a Way out of a Dead End

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Haiti Environment and Climate Change

Better Prepared for Storms

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Guatemala Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

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Global Governance, Peace & Migration

Tackling Corruption in the Water Sector

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Guatemala Governance, Peace & Migration

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

Skills Development and Education

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.
Contact

HELVETAS HONDURAS
Col. Tres Caminos, 5ta calle, bloque 1, Casa No. 3565, Apartado Postal 3585
13201 Tegucigalpa
Honduras

E-Mail: honduras@helvetas.org