Community Development Fund
The Community Development Fund model for this project is based on the success of the sustainable Enterprise Development Fund NCBA CLUSA set up in Aceh, Indonesia in the mid 1990s. Funding from the Enterprise Development Fund contributed to the initial investments in thriving local businesses and cooperatives in Indonesia. Today, over 20 years later, there continues to be investment in hundreds of local communities, including small business loans made to women in the agriculture sector. Similarly, the aim of the Community Development Fund is to facilitate that level of successful local economic investment in Guatemala by financing projects that do not normally have access to funding, including producer organizations, cooperatives and small community businesses.
Over the course of the project, partners aim to leverage $25 million in private and public sector local investments, either directly with community projects or through the Community Development Fund, which will be disbursed in partnership with a local Guatemalan bank. Increasing private sector engagement and use of local financial resources will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the overall project.
Being able to access investments and funding through the Communities Leading Development Project will be an important part of addressing development needs in Guatemala’s Western Highlands in an inclusive, sustainable and efficient way.