Facts About Guatemala

Humankind will not recover from its mistakes without global education.”
— Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Guatemalan Activist


  • The average schooling of the adult population is 5.4 years and just 1.9 years for the indigenous population.
  • Guatemala has the highest illiteracy rate in Latin America.



  • Over 50% of Guatemala's population live in poverty; 15% live in extreme poverty. 75% of the indigenous population lives in poverty. One third of the indigenous population lives in extreme poverty.
  • While more than half the population earn less than $2 per day, 0.003% of Guatemalans own 50% of the country’s total bank deposits.
  • The income ratio between non-indigenous and indigenous men is 3.5 to 1.
  • Guatemala has one of the highest levels of income disparity in the world.



  • One in two children under 5 is chronically malnourished, 70% of indigenous children versus 36% non-indigenous children.
  • Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Learn More about Life in Guatemala

Watch the documentary, "Living on One Dollar." This documentary was filmed very near the area where we are working. If you have Netflix, you can view the documentary by clicking on the button below.

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