After Guatemala's 36-year civil war ended in 1996, the country needed to rebuild the economy. In the northern province of Alta Verapaz, however, the indigenous populations lacked both education and money to create sustainable livelihoods. They were among the poorest communities in the country.
With help from Counterpart International, and funding from USAID, a series of villages in Alta Verapaz boast a growing tourism industry -- with attractions like tubing on rivers that run through caves, watching exotic birds and exploring Maya ruins. And they are in the driver's seat.
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