Published on
24 May 2024

The burning challenges of violence and endemic poverty echo throughout the streets of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Many neighbourhoods are experiencing urban expansion, a proliferation of informal settlements and a resurgence of criminal and gender-based violence.

Within this context, many families struggle to afford nutritious food. It is estimated that 3.2 million people in Honduras face crisis levels of food insecurity and the growth of at least half a million children is stunted due to malnutrition. The Asociación Tiendas de Abastecimiento Comunitario (Association of Community Supply Shops), also known as TAC, is a beacon of hope for families. It operates 14 cooperative grocery stores in some of poorest communities in Tegucigalpa, making healthy food accessible and affordable.



Asociacion Tiendas de Abastecimiento Comunitario (TAC)

The Association not only provides quality food at fair prices; it also paves the way for the economic empowerment of women and men in the community through its savings and credit cooperative.

However, one challenge persists: 90% of the women who are members of TAC have not had the opportunity to develop administrative, financial, accounting, or internal control and audit management skills. Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial resources, TAC could not offer these types of trainings to its members.



In 2021, with a grant of $32,000 from the Roncalli International Foundation, TAC was able to initiate training programs in accounting, management, and leadership for more than 500 of its female members, who are now agents of change within their communities.

The result was that it helped TAC to consolidate the management of its existing grocery stores and make plans to open new ones.

 

 

 



In 2024, with additional funding of $29,867 from the Roncalli Foundation, TAC can take its initiative a step further. Through a social and solidarity economy development program, this phase aims to train another 500 women members of TAC, while providing follow-up with those who have already graduated.

The objective is to reach approximately 60% of the women members of the association, in order to strengthen their leadership capacity and amplify their advocacy role within their communities.

At the same time, TAC is opening two new community supply grocery stores in the neighbourhood of Comayagüela, extending this cooperative model to other vulnerable communities and providing a sustainable way to address food insecurity and malnutrition.

 

 

 



Karla Godoy Martínez, a 45-year-old mother of six, is one of the female members of TAC who was able to benefit from the trainings supported by the Roncalli Foundation.  After taking leadership, management, finance, and financial auditing courses, she now leads a TAC cooperative in Colonia Villa Nueva. These trainings have instilled in Karla a sense of regained dignity.

 

 

 



The hope is that women will gain the confidence to participate more actively in Honduran society, which will contribute to diminishing violence, greater food security and improved prospects for the country’s children.

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