The former Spanish colony Honduras was home to several important indigenous cultures – most notably the Maya – and became an independent nation in 1821. With an area that covers about one-third of the area of Germany, it is home to only 8.3 million inhabitants. After decades of military rule, the country returned to democracy with a freely elected government in 1982. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch caused massive and widespread damage. The former president Carlos Roberto Flores claimed, that it destroyed fifty years of progress in the country. An estimated 70 Percent of the countries transport infrastructure was destroyed, so that many of the existing maps were rendered obsolete. Since then, the economy has slowly rebounded.
According to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI) Honduras is one of the least developed countries and was rated on position 121 out of 187 countries in the year 2011. At the same time, the country is defined by a very unequal distribution of wealth.
The project is located in Danlí, one of nine Departments belonging to Region 11. It is a region which is rich in natural resources and population and gets the potentials for economic development. Still many problems remained to be solved, in order to make use of these potentials. The project intends to enable micro, small and medium enterprises (MIPYME) of various economic sectors to become self-contained and permanently competitive in the market. Beneficiaries are entrepreneurs and employers in the sectors of furniture, textile and bakery as well as people involved in the value chains of corn and beans. Moreover, unemployed young people and women from Danlí and the whole Region 11 will also benefit from our strategic activities:
- Strengthening the ventures and strategic alliances of the MIPYMEs in marginal urban areas
- Improvement of economic performance, trade, and the positioning of products in the sectors of furniture and textile as well as optimizing the processes and links within the value chains.
- Improving the competitiveness of the value chains of corns and beans, with an emphasis on the development of suppliers, added value and trade coordination and regulation.
- Measures to promote vocational training in order to facilitate the integration into the labour market.
Project goals / results:
- General improvement of working conditions, salaries and social security in Region 11.
- Development of new entrepreneurships with women, young and disabled people.
- 600 entrepreneurs of the textile, furniture, corn and bean sectors get a service pack, 50% of them improve their incomes at least at an average of 10 % per year.
- 300 new trained and certified technicians, at least 50% of them are integrated in the labour market.
- Foundation of 15 new enterprises by 45 young people and the employment creation of 430 new jobs.
- 30% of all participants show an important change in their living conditions.
2012 – 2015