Support program for Guatemalan entrepreneurs

CMI Alimentos assists entrepreneurs from 27 companies in 14 locations in San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Guatemala, who have been approached by various protein providers with the aim of increasing food availability. Entrepreneurs can use this to earn economic income for themselves and their communities.

These entrepreneurs are part of the Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship Program of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation. This initiative is present in about 14 neighborhoods of San Cristóbal Totonicapán, where it tries to guarantee the nutritional well-being of the inhabitants.

The sectors benefited by the program include Pacanac, Patachaj, Nueva Candelaria, Xecanchavox, San Ramón, Chuicotom, Barrio La Independencia, San Sebastián, Chigonón, Chuisuc and Chuculjuyup in Totonicapán, and Nimasac, Chajabal and Palomora in San Andrés Xecul.

The assistance of CMI Alimentos to these entrepreneurs occurs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has left multiple businesses extremely vulnerable due to the severe blow to the economy and the difficulties that confinement measures imply for food supply chains. , particularly in the most remote communities.

The Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship program for female entrepreneurs

The Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, led by Lisa Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga, is the philanthropic and social support arm of CMI – Corporación de Inversiones Múltiples. Since 1985, it has carried out numerous social support and charity programs for the Bosch Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez Mayorga families.

One of the main objectives of this foundation’s Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship program is to promote generational change to encourage female entrepreneurs. A unique and inclusive approach to carry out community initiatives that improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families and the community.

The program, which is based on the concepts of food and nutritional security, aims to address chronic malnutrition from a preventive point of view. This includes guaranteeing the accompaniment and monitoring of procedures related to the training of women of reproductive age before, during and after pregnancy and lactation.

Similarly, promote the inclusion of new beneficial practices for this population, as well as the monitoring of cases of weight and height in children from 0 to 5 years of age. In addition, one of the goals of the program for entrepreneurs is to create sources of independent employment and economic income for families. It is at this point that the support of CMI Alimentos becomes so valuable.

Other contributions to the food security of female entrepreneurs

This is not the first time that CMI Alimentos has helped entrepreneurs, companies, families and communities that have benefited from the different programs of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation.

CMI Alimentos de Molinos Modernos has delivered approximately 80,000 pounds of enriched flour, according to the foundation’s website.

For its part, the livestock business, which has always been supplied by CMI Alimentos, has allowed the growth of 30 new companies. This is due to the delivery of 157 thousand pounds of meat products, whose economic utility is estimated to be greater than Q215,000.

Carla Fowler

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