About Guatemala

FAPE currently works in 3 department states of Guatemala: Saquetepequez, Chimaltenango, and Guatemala.


About Guatemala


13, 824,463

Ethnic Groups:

Mestizo (mixed Amerindian-Spanish--in local Spanish called   
Ladino) 59.4%, K'iche 9.1%, Kaqchikel 8.4%, Mam 7.9%, Q'eqchi
6.3%, other Mayan   8.6%, indigenous non-Mayan 0.2%


Spanish (official) 60%, Amerindian languages 40%


According to the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013

  • 54% of population lives below national poverty line (level deemed sufficient to purchase necessities)
  • 26% of population live below $2 a day (Over 3.3 Million Guatemalans)
  • Guatemala ranks in the top 10 countries in the world with the highest proportion of hungry people (30.5%)


From the beginning of its independence from Spain, Guatemala has been under a variety of governments. Many of these rules have led to civil conflicts, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement to formally end the war. Unfortunately, Guatemala is still recovering from the impact of these conflicts. The government is slowly building the infrastructure, but many basic necessities still lack for the vast majority of the population.

Guatemala has a per capita GDP roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America and Caribbean. High inequality rates exist in the country, with the highest 10% of the population accounting for more than 40% of Guatemala's overall consumption.

Social exclusion is a significant problem in Guatemala. Many of the ethnic groups in Guatemala have much lower human development indexes than those of the non-indigenous groups. For example, the Q'eqchi indigenous group has an index comparable to the national average of Cameroon, which ranks 144th on global rankings. While the primarily non-indigenous urban sector is experiencing relatively high economic growth, the rural poor are excluded from economic participation.


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