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Honduras

Honduras, a culturally diverse country with an abundance of natural resources and biodiversity, remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with high levels of insecurity and inequality. Helvetas supports smallholder associations to increase their productivity to generate more income, promotes vocational training for young people to improve their employment prospects and promotes dialogue for efficient management and quality of natural resources.
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  • Capital
    Tegucigalpa
  • Area
    112,492 km²
  • Poverty rate*
    17% of the population live under the poverty line of $1.90 per day
  • UN DEVELOPMENT INDEX*
    Rank: 132 out of 188
  • Population
    9,904,607
  • People supported per year
    24,108
  • Thematic focus
    Climate & Disaster Resilience
    Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion
    Private Sector Development
    Education and Vocational Skills
* 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.

The country programme in Honduras is co-funded by the SDC programme contribution.

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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.

Haiti Education and Vocational Skills

Training young people for the working world

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Haiti Climate & Disaster Resilience

Better Prepared for Storms

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Guatemala WASH & Water Governance

Good Governance Makes for Good Water

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Global Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Tackling Corruption in the Water Sector

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Guatemala Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

Entrepreneurship in the Guatemalan Highlands

Education and Vocational Skills

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

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.
Contact

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

E-Mail: honduras@helvetas.org