Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal

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"Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal, Honduras"

Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal was a cooperative with operations outside of Chaparral, a small village located in La Muralla National Park in Olancho province, Honduras. This cooperative was founded in 1991 as a component of a USAID (United States Agency for International Development) project, which attempted to develop La Muralla National Park as an administrative and socioeconomic model expected to be transferred to other Honduras' national parks. "The Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal was given the right to exploit naturally fallen mahogany trees in La Muralla buffer zone." Until that moment, it was the only business venture in Honduras with that special right. In 1998, Guajilote started facing important issues and concerns that could affect its future growth and survival. Until that moment, Guajilote biggest concern was deforestation through fires, illegal logging, and slash and burn agriculture. Lack of transportation was another major concern for Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal. The cooperative capital was not enough to buy trucks to secure the mahogany transportation. Their only distributor was taking advantage of that and was not paying enough for the wood. To conclude Guajilote was surrounded by potential restrictions by CITIES and COHDEFOR. In addition, the fires, illegal deforestation, and illegal migration to the forest were decreasing the mahogany population.

Impression of Guajilote as a business venture
Guajilote as a business venture lacks of possibilities to expand operations if they do not solve their major problems. The cooperative only product (wood) is very limited; even though all sources are limited, Guajilote sources are almost scarce. In addition, the members lacks of education and administration, market and business experience, which worsen the cooperative situation and future growth. To make thing worst for Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal its administrator have no supervision and the...
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