Where we work

Latin america

We Effect’s work in Latin America is focused on strengthening the capacity of organizations that work with small-scale farmers and housing cooperatives. We promote the use of sustainable methods that protect people and the environment. Our work emphasizes gender equality and women’s empowerment and we support advocacy for equal rights to power, land, housing and food security.
Bolivia

We Effect supports local farmer organizations, cooperatives and other organizations to improve the quality of services they offer to members; a focus on technical and administrative skills and education develops farmer capacity allowing them to improve their food security and resilience.

Support also goes to housing cooperatives whose members adopt a model which allows them to build and own new houses collectively. We Effect also supports work for increased gender equality in cooperatives and other organizations by, for example, developing gender equality policies; women receiving rights based training and changes to statutes allow for increased representation in executive boards. In Bolivia, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women.

El Salvador

We Effect supports local housing cooperatives where members build homes according to a cooperative housing model that focuses on self-determination, joint construction and collective ownership. The cooperatives lobby decision-makers to push for the approval of new housing laws that facilitate more equitable access to housing.

We Effect also supports local farmer organizations and cooperative associations, building capacities so that they can better defend their interests and demand better conditions for production and commercialization. In El Salvador, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women.

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Guatemala

We Effect supports farmer organizations and cooperatives that enable small-holder agricultural diversification to reduce poverty and vulnerability to crop failure and a loss of earning; achieving gender equality in cooperatives is primordial, for example, via lobbying to change laws so that women can more easily become members in cooperatives. The housing cooperative model allows members to construct their homes through mutual support and collective construction and ownership.

We also partner with small holder farmer and indigenous peoples’ social organizations that are raising awareness about environmental degradation and land right. In Guatemala, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women. As of January 1, 2015, We Effect’s Regional Office in Latin America has been located in Guatemala.

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Honduras

We Effect supports local farmer, indigenous and women’s organizations and cooperatives, so that they can defend their rights and interests and improve the services they provide to members. The housing cooperative model allows for self-determination, collective construction and ownership, members further develop a sense of citizenship and rights entitlement, as well as undertaking advocacy to demand solutions to development and social issues.

Farmers’ associations raise awareness about and lobby for land rights and environmental protection; people living in poverty develop capacities to more effectively defend their rights and lobby for greater democracy and transparency at local and national levels; as agents for social change, they seeking to increase their influence vis-à-vis decision-makers. In Honduras, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women.

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Nicaragua

We Effect promotes the expansion of the cooperative housing model that focuses on self-determination, joint construction and collective ownership. Local housing cooperatives are strengthened and engage in advocacy for housing to be considered a fundamental human right as well as lobbying policy makers and politicians to facilitate access to government credit for housing construction for people living in poverty.

Local small farmer organizations and cooperatives strengthen their knowledge of more productive and efficient sustainable farming practices to achieve higher yields, as well as finding markets for their products.

Support is also given to female farmers’ associations which lobby on laws concerning land ownership and equal rights and opportunities for women in cooperative organizations. Cooperatives lobby decision-makers for greater access to government social programmes for people living in poverty and credit for housing construction enabling people to more fully exercise their citizenship. In Nicaragua, We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women.

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Paraguay

We Effect supports local farmer organizations and cooperative associations so that they can defend the interests of farmers and better offer technical, administrative and education services to their members. We Effect also supports housing cooperatives where members build together their homes according to a cooperative housing model that imbues self-determination and collective construction and ownership of houses. Support also goes to farmer and indigenous peoples’ organizations that advocate for land rights; people living in poverty develop capacities to more effectively defend their rights and lobby for greater democracy and transparency at local and national levels as well as influencing policy and decision-makers.

Farmer organizations develop their knowledge on sustainable and organic agriculture, as well as the importance of diversifying production for greater household food security and health consumption as well as how to avoid crop failure and loss of earnings. In Paraguay We Effect works on the principle of fair resource allocation, ensuring that at least half of our aid targets women.

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