Mercy Corps, with Rana Labs
Partnership period: March 2016 – August 2018
ACHIEVEMENTS: 1,351 youth contributed to savings and loan groups, and 1,535 youth engaged in formal discussions on technical and social topics.
PURPOSE: Organize savings and loan groups for Guatemalan youth, providing access to formal credit that can increase their ability to generate income.
APPROACH: Through its AgriJoven project, Mercy Corps engaged youth in formal discussions on agronomic and social topics and encouraged them to purchase agricultural technologies that will help them improve on-farm productivity. Rana Labs, a digital media agency, trained youth on video production using smartphone technology to provide mobile extension services and promote the savings and loan groups. Ultimately, these groups are also connected to exporters like Fair-Fruit, providing them with an end market for their product.