Rural Market Opportunities in the Gulf of Fonseca

With the support of the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, the project 'Rural Market Opportunities in the Gulf of Fonseca' empowered more than 10,200 people living in poverty and increased their income opportunities, of which 52% are women and 49% young people. 
Valle Department, Honduras
Project duration
2017 - 2022
Financed by
  • Global Affairs Canada

Key results

  • Improved business, technical and/or financial practices of small businesses, especially those run by women or employing mainly women, youth and/or marginalised people living in poverty.
  • Productivity and sales of MSMEs and individual producers increased.
  • Strengthened local economic development support system for small enterprises and farmers.
8181 people implement good climate-smart business and financial practices.
23% increase in productivity and 40% increase in sales of MSMEs and farmers
53 public and private actors implement gender-sensitive and environmentally friendly practices and initiatives for local economic development.


Sustainable tourism
Capacity development - Improving the standard of living and quality of life of the actors involved in tourism 
The Rural Market Opportunities Project in the Gulf of Fonseca in Honduras, funded by Global Affairs Canada has been implemented by Swisscontact from 2017 to 2022. The project aimed at contributing to the inclusive local economic development of 33 municipalities located in the region in various sectors, including tourism.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Upskilling and Reskilling, Initial vocational education and training, Sustainable agriculture
Rural Market Opportunities: a project that impacted more than 7500 women, youth and men in the Gulf of Fonseca region
In its five years of implementation, the project Rural Market Opportunities in the Gulf of Fonseca impacted the lives of more than 7500 women, youth and men in Honduras. 
Sustainable agriculture, Entrepreneurial ecosystems
Agricultural technologies to reduce the workload of female cashew farmers
Swisscontact studied gender gaps in the cashew value chain in Honduras in order to empower women in agriculture and improve their livelihoods. Thanks to the introduction of new technologies, 60 female cashew farmers in the south of the country were able to reduce their heavy workload tending to their plots and make better use of their time.