Business Unusual: Smallholders establish pioneering forest enterprise

Business Unusual

In April 2011, the NFP Facility and Growing Forest Partnerships (GFP) Guatemala began providing support to a group of 189 ‘reforestadores’ (tree planters) in San Francisco Petén, Guatemala, to help them enhance their leverage in the marketplace and boost community incomes. The result of this support was the creation of a wood products enterprise, called 'Red Forestando Chachaklum', S.A, which was formed by six forest communities of San Francisco Petén.

These communities - Municipio de San Francisco, Propietarios Privados, Santa Rita, Santa Teresa, Municipio de San Benito y Nueva Concepción - collectively own and manage about 1.084 ha of planted forest. The establishment of this new enterprise has helped transform the way in which local communities conduct their day-to-day business operations, breaking the cycle of isolation they once experienced.