Young Entrepreneurs in Central America: Building a Life at Home Instead of Emigrating






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María Rebeca Pérez, 25, almost left Guatemala for the U.S. several years ago. Now, she runs a farm and has seven employees.



María Rebeca Pérez, 25, almost left Guatemala for the U.S. several years ago. Now, she runs a farm and has seven employees.


Foto: FAO Guatemala





Most people in Central America work in the gray economy - without social insurance and often with inadequate pay.



Most people in Central America work in the gray economy – without social insurance and often with inadequate pay.


Foto: Oswaldo Rivas / REUTERS





Coffee farmer Israel Rodríguez



Coffee farmer Israel Rodríguez


Foto: E. Cálix / FAO Honduras





A lot of coffee is grown in Guatemala, but there is a big difference between standard coffee and specialty coffees.



A lot of coffee is grown in Guatemala, but there is a big difference between standard coffee and specialty coffees.


Foto: Luis Soto / AP





María Cedillo Chávez, 22, hopes to become known as a coffee expert.



María Cedillo Chávez, 22, hopes to become known as a coffee expert.


Foto: FAO Guatemala





Vocational training and local networks can help small farmers escape poverty.



Vocational training and local networks can help small farmers escape poverty.


Foto: E. Cálix / FAO Honduras

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.





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