Honduras - Diaconia Nacional


Diaconia Nacional (DN) provides capital, business training, and mentoring to nearly 700 micro and small business owners and members in San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, Choluteca, and Olancho. As the social outreach arm of the Christian Reformed Church of Honduras, DN has established a culture of savings by requiring peer accountability within each credit union by facilitating cell groups. Members also participate in business training offered by local mentors and staff in accounting and finance, productive leadership, and business planning. Since 2005, North American partners have built upon the micro-credit program by by raising funds for the SME loan portfolio and by actively mentoring many of thesmall and medium entrepreneurs of DN who have the capacity to compete in the larger marketplace and thereby create more jobs as they grow.

To read more about the work in Latin America, visit our blog by clicking here.


Passing on a Passion for Piñatas

Thursday November 7, 2013

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“I believe God does everything with a purpose,” said Reina Romero. “Teaching others like Gloria and my piñata-making students new skills gives them new ways to be able to provide income for their families.”

Training and local mentoring gain momentum

Monday February 11, 2013

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—-  In recent months, 40 entrepreneurs from two microfinance affiliates of Partners Worldwide have gathered to tackle sales, SWOT analysis, and other essential topics in business training.

Building an association opens unexpected doors in Honduras

Friday December 30, 2011

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Despite his craftsmanship and experience as a business owner, the biggest challenge Miguel Javier Zuniga faced was finding wholesale mahogany wood.  See how his US mentors’ advice led to success.

The Multiplier Effect in Action

Friday April 29, 2011

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By Debbie Velis, Partners Worldwide intern
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—- For the past four years, I’ve learned through my economics classes the key concept of the “multiplier effect.” Simply put, this is when your outcome is greater than your initial investment. Take this basic economics example: money spent in a restaurant helps to create jobs directly in the restaurant, but it also generates jobs indirectly to farmers, food suppliers, textile manufacturers, and other businesses throughout the community.

Honduran mentee pays it forward

Sunday July 25, 2010

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On Sunday afternoons, thousands of Hondurans and foreigners visit El Picacho National Park.  Beautifully-designed gardens, open spaces for families, and playgrounds dot the crestline road to the park’s most famous feature, a statue of Christ that rises above the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

After taking in the sights from the base of the monument, the constant stream of consumers ducks into a nearby souvenir shop owned and operated by a woman name Elizabeth Discua, to find the memorable work of local artisans.  A few years ago, Elizabeth expanded this business through a loan from Diaconia Nacional, a local business affiliate of Partners Worldwide.

Today that loan has been repaid, the business has grown to five employees, and Elizabeth’s shop is thriving.  But Elizabeth is thinking about more than just her own enterprise.

Volunteer Opportunities


Small loans and business training for micro and SME business owners.  Professionals needed to engage in mentoring relationships, and join current groups to expand business training opportunities.

For more information, contact Bob Vryhof.