When societies invest in human capital, they have a positive effect on both the economic and social development of a country.
Although technological advances have a great impact on the development of society, the World Bank assures that “human capital” will be the most important long-term investment that countries can make for the future quality of life and prosperity of their population.
That is why many organizations are investing in projects that favor the development of human capital both at the level of education and health. An example of this is the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, which is responsible for developing projects that seek to improve the quality of life of people, especially the most vulnerable.
1. University Scholarships
The university scholarship program aims to provide young people with limited resources the opportunity to continue their studies at the university level in the best private universities in Guatemala. These scholarships cover all the costs that students have throughout their college career, and also offers other benefits such as workshops, camps and personal growth through a Coaching Program (accompaniment).
As of 2021, the program has graduated 182 young people and 183 scholarship recipients are currently studying.
The nutrition program is focused on bringing nutritious food to communities and providing them with opportunities to generate prosperity through inclusive businesses linked to export chains, with a focus on the development and empowerment of women. All this, based on the principles of Food and Nutrition Security to improve the quality of life of people and promote self-sustainable communities.
From January to March 2022 alone, more than 6,368 children and mothers have benefited, and more than 44,000 pounds of Nutribien fortified flour have been delivered in the Totonicapán area in Guatemala.
3. My Health…My Responsibility
This program is developed through a process of personal empowerment where tools are provided to young people so that they can be more informed and can make better decisions. Since 2008 to date, more than 168,500 people have been trained (young people, teachers, replicators and parents) with tools that help young people to develop their life plan, strengthen their self-esteem, reinforce their right to say no to risky situations, among other topics.
These programs have generated a high impact in health and education in the country, which has not only helped to improve the current living conditions of the people, but also promotes the creation of a better future for them.
The foundation works under the leadership of a board of directors that includes Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutiérrez as vice president, a Guatemalan businessman and entrepreneur who has participated in different projects that work for the social and economic development of Guatemala.