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.
The project intends to improve the competitiveness of selected value chains in order to contribute to the economic development in the department of El Paraiso. The most important sectors are coffee, horticulture and dairy products. The main components of the project are:
- Improvement of the processes and links within the value chains leading to a better understanding of all transactions between offer and demand.
- Improvement of the operational and administrative capacities and information systems according to the commercialization opportunities and market demand chains.
- Improvement of the quality of the service in the selected value chains.
Project goals / results:
- The project works with 1050 micro, small and medium enterprises (30% women).
- The project contributes to the generation of a total of nearly 6.000.000 € in sales.
- At least 30% of the beneficiaries show considerable improvement of their present living conditions proven by records of medical and educational centers.
- The project creates 1500 new job opportunities (30% women and 30% teenagers).
- At least 40% of the beneficiaries enjoy better job quality and salaries.
2010 – 2012