Swisscontact is an independent foundation for international cooperation which promotes economic, social and environmental development and has been operating in Guatemala since 1972. We facilitate the implementation of projects that support a sustainable business environment. 

facts and figures

  • Area: 108,889 km²
  • Population: 17,250,000
  • Capital: Guatemala City

Swisscontact in Guatemala

  • since 1972


Sustainable tourism, Labour market insertion
Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Youth and Women 

The Project will improve the living conditions of indigenous men and women between the ages of 15 and 35 years, so that they can increase their income and improve their capabilities as well as improving the current conditions for autonomous decision-making; gaining access to professional technical education and market insertion opportunities; it...
El Salvador, Guatemala
Labour market insertion, Migration
Nuevas Oportunidades: productive reintegration of returned migrants
The project seeks the economic reintegration of returned migrants. It enables returned migrants to certify the skills they have acquired in the United States or Mexico. After certification, they are supported in finding a job or starting their own business.
Labour market insertion
Disadvantaged young adults will be able to successfully enter professional life through solid, high-quality training. In this way they will generate income for themselves and their families, freeing themselves from poverty on their own initiative.Young men and women are learning important technical skills in vocational training. Since the project...
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Expert Consulting Services, SEC Guatemala
Although small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Guatemala account for 85% of the total job market, they only represent 35% of the GDP. There are many factors that prevent SMEs from being more productive: low levels of education, lack of access to financing and information on markets, insufficient capabilities in business management and a lack of support for entrepreneurs. Improving entrepreneur’s performance and increasing their participation in local and global markets could have very positive results for the entire economy. 


Continuing Vocational Education and Training, Initial vocational education and training
A contribution to promoting women's participation in the labour force
By facilitating training in technology and services to promote women's employment, Swisscontact reduces gender gaps in Guatemala.
El Salvador, Guatemala
Coaching, certification and psychosocial support for returnee migrants
The large number of Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants who have returned to their home country in recent years poses significant challenges for their sustainable reintegration, especially in terms of finding employment. Swisscontact has been successful in assisting the reintegration process of migrants since 2016, as demonstrated by the case study "Supporting returnees’ employment in Guatemala" where the New Opportunities project takes centre stage.
Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Two approaches confirming the value of small initiatives within ecosystem building 
Swisscontact tested a non-traditional approach to Ecosystem Mapping and conducted Give A Day events to build entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Country Director Guatemala
Carlos Morales


In Guatemala, Swisscontact has implemented projects in different areas such as vocational education and training, retraining and reskilling, labour market insertion, development of "Guatemalan Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" and recently on issues related to Green Cities, such as solid waste management. We partner with the public and private sector, universities and academia, cooperatives, rural and farmers associations. We facilitate access to financial services such as seed capital. We strengthen relationships with institutions (business incubators, startup accelerators) for entrepreneurship and new ventures, targeting the most vulnerable minority groups such as indigenous communities, women, youth and returned migrants.


Swisscontact Guatemala
Calle 20-66, Zona 15
Vista Hermosa II
Guatemala City