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Instituto para la Superación
de la Miseria Urbana de
Guatemala

Building solutions to urban and housing challenges

Instituto para la Superación de la Miseria Urbana de Guatemala/
Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty in Guatemala (ISMUGUA)

Guatemala | Founded in 1994 | Thousand Currents Partner since 1996

Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty in Guatemala (ISMUGUA) is a grassroots women-led organization that seeks to improve livelihood conditions of local populations living in urban and rural high-risk areas impacted by climate change. Founded in 1992, ISMUGUA has strengthened the organizational capacity of community groups to promote housing solutions, food security, health, and community development.

ISMUGUA has achieved land legalization of impoverished settlements and developed a blueprint for cost-effective housing that has been used for low-income families who were transferred out of high-risk areas, vulnerable to natural disasters. They have also built an agroecology center to address food security, created aquaponic and rainwater harvesting systems, and integrated livelihood systems that use energy from a biodigester, that consumes both human waste and pig manure, to provide fuel for the stove. At the national level, ISMUGUA advocated for a housing law in Guatemala with the Federation of Organizations for the Development of People’s Housing (FODHAP), and has trained youth to organize disaster preparedness plans in the face of climate change. 

Learn more about ISMUGUA’s work on our blog.