The Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation (FJBG) has succeeded in creating positive impact in several communities thanks to its programs that focus on the development and training of female entrepreneurs.
Through its various initiatives and the mission of its directors, including Vice President Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutiérrez, the Foundation has succeeded in building the skills and competencies of women entrepreneurs, which has enabled them to create and grow their own businesses. Young promising people have an opportunity to go to university. Women have been able to improve the health habits and nutrition of their families.
This impact has been evident in different regions of Guatemala, thus demonstrating the importance of providing support and tools to those who seek to undertake and build their academic skills.
The Foundation has been an important change agent that has meant improvement of quality of life in the communities in which it operates. With its focus on key areas, FJBG has achieved significant positive impact through its three core programs.
This program has given low-income youths the opportunity to go to college. The program not only covers tuition and monthly costs, but also provides a monthly stipend to cover book and graduation expenses.
As of 2022 there were 413 young persons impacted by this program in different university careers in Guatemala. Since its inception, over 20 years ago, 205 young people have graduated with different university degrees thanks to this program, which has led to better job opportunities for recipients and their ability to contribute to the development of their communities.
In addition, 208 more young people have scholarships, which is evidence of FJBG’s commitment to education and the future of Guatemalan youths.
Since 2008, the FJBG has implemented a training program for adolescents aimed at building their self-esteem, leadership skills and promoting personal growth. The program has benefitted 143,918 people. Through empowerment and personal growth workshops, more than 154,381 young people in Guatemala have been trained and have acquired tools to face daily challenges and to promote their comprehensive development.
In addition, the program has had a positive impact on teacher training. 14,947 teachers have been trained in issues of youth development, which makes them more effective in their work to provide better support to young people.
This program addresses the problem of chronic malnutrition in vulnerable communities, through nutrition monitoring and support.
The program has been implemented in San Cristóbal Totonicapán, Totonicapán, where the malnutrition rate is one of the highest in the country. Since the beginning of the program, a total of 400 women and 220 children have benefited from assistance and personalized follow-up to improve their nutritional status.
The Foundation works closely with local communities, offering training and resources to improve people’s eating habits and thus prevent chronic malnutrition.
Through these accomplishments, the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation supports its commitment to the development of Guatemala and the creation of a more just and inclusive society. Its programs and initiatives address structural problems, offering concrete solutions to improve people’s lives in key areas such as education, nutrition and youth empowerment.