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IDB approves $10.7 million for Guatemala to increase innovation in small- and medium-sized businesses through technology

The Inter-American Development Bank announced the approval of a $10.7 million loan to Guatemala to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises through technological innovation.

Good work in the highlands

Some 20 minutes from the city of Chimaltenango, high in the mountains of Guatemala, a singular training center recently opened its doors. Known as the Utz Samaj Rural Promotion Center, a name based...

IDB and Guatemala sign $25 million loan for judicial system

Guatemalan Finance Minister Pedro Miguel Lamport and Inter-American Development Bank President Enrique V. Iglesias signed documents for a $25 million loan to help finance a program to strengthen Guatemala's justice system. The signing ceremony took place ahead of the annual meeting of the IDB's Board of Governors, which will be held here next week.

Guatemala and IDB sign $40 million for emergency assistance

Guatemala Finance Minister Pedro Miguel Lamport and Inter-American Development Bank Executive Vice President K. Burke Dillon signed documents for a $40 million loan to Guatemala for reconstruction and repair of public works and preventive measures against flooding.

Bright threads of a cultural tradition

On the edge of a sunlit patio, three generations of women kneel on mats, creating intricate patterns with colored thread. The two older women, dressed in traditional huipiles, weave on hand looms...

New Projects: Peace process gets a boost

In the wake of the 1996 accords that ended Guatemala's 36 years of civil conflict, the international community pledged a very large amount of financial assistance--some $1.9 billion--to fund the..

A leader emerges from Guatemala's mountains

Can a single person encapsulate the turbulent modern history of Guatemala? Juan López Díaz comes close. Born in 1929 in Jacaltenango, six hours by road from Guatemala City, López spent his...

Will she make it?

In a cramped two-room house in Villa Nueva, a working-class district south of Guatemala City, seven-year-old Gabriela González Hernández is getting ready for her first day of school.

Guatemala donors praise post peace progress

Donor countries and organizations hailed the efforts of the Guatemalan government in implementing that country's peace accords at a September meeting in the colonial capital of Antigua...

Fine weaving as a way of life

Lidia Chile does not consider herself to be a fancy dresser, and she certainly is not rich. Yet she would never think of leaving her house in Santo Domingo Xenacoj wearing anything less than...

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