Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, which ended in 1996, stalled development and caused many people to emigrate in search of safety and economic opportunity. Additionally, the country’s four active volcanoes, major faultline and shores on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean have all contributed to past disasters and continue to pose potential hazards.

Episcopal Relief & Development began working with the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala after Hurricane Stan in 2005, supplying funds to purchase food, water and blankets and later working to rebuild housing for affected communities. As our partnership evolved, we supported the establishment of a Diocesan Development Office to implement and monitor projects.

Today, activities focus on alleviating chronic poverty through the formation of Savings with Education groups. Through these groups, members can build up their individual savings and access micro-loans to support small business development. Group meetings include training on financial literacy and business skills, and members in several groups are working to improve the environment in their communities by planting trees.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Improving the land through reforestation and conservation

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities 

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment
  • Empowering entrepreneurs through micro-finance services, financial literacy and business training

Guatemala Press Releases & Stories

Episcopal Relief Debuts A New VideoResponse to Volcano Eruption in GuatemalaCharting Pathways to Integration and ImpactFebruary Web Features Highlight Friends in Florida and Partners in Guatemala

Fast Facts

Indigenous Guatemalans make up 40% of the population, and 79% of this group lives in poverty.
Income distribution in Guatemala is extremely unequal, with the richest 20% accounting for more than half of overall consumption.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 1: No Poverty End poverty in all its forms everywhere  Learn more»

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthPromote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all  Learn more »

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