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IDB helps vulnerable people in Guatemala fight COVID-19

A $100 million project will help vulnerable people reach minimum levels of consumption 

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $100 million project to support vulnerable populations in Guatemala which have been affected by emergency measures taken to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is ensure a minimum income for these people right now and as the country recovers from the health crisis, with the help of a family voucher.  

Before the pandemic hit in Guatemala, nearly 85 per cent of the population lived in poverty or in a precarious situation, meaning they have no way to sustain their consumption level against temporary shocks or drastic reductions in their daily income such as those triggered since the start of the pandemic. In fact, recent data from greater Guatemala City show that 70 per cent of those questioned saw their income fall, half of them by more than 25 per cent.

The program will consist exclusively of money transfers carried out with a so-called Family Voucher. The eligible beneficiaries of this project will be people living in homes with no electricity or in places with high levels of poverty, as well as those with access to fewer than 200kWh of electricity per month as measured in February of this year.

This funding aims to help vulnerable people maintain minimum levels of consumption amid the pandemic, which has hindered their ability to earn money. The goal is to help people that live without electricity, who will account for around 10 per cent of those who receive the family voucher, and indigenous people, in particular those who also lack electricity in their homes.  

The $100 million operation has a reimbursement period of 23.5 years and will be carried out over 18 months, and features an interest rate pegged to the LIBOR.  

About the IDB 

The Inter-American Development Bank's mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance, and training to public and private clients throughout the region.


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