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Weaving Micro and Small Enterprises Into Global Value Chains: The Case of Guatemalan Textile Handicrafts

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Weaving Micro and Small Enterprises Into Global Value Chains: The Case of Guatemalan Textile Handicrafts

Gina Rogari

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"Weaving Micro and Small Enterprises Into Global Value Chains: The Case of Guatemalan Textile Handicrafts" is a 2005 report by Elizabeth Dunn and Lillian Villeda of USAID. 

This paper is part of a series of ongoing research activities that explores industry-based strategies to achieving poverty reduction and broad-based economic growth.

 Drawing from primary research conducted in Guatemala in 2004 -2005, the paper focuses on value chains from the “bottom up,”  It examines the extent to which micro and small enterprises (MSEs) benefit from participation in global and domestic value chains, and various market options – both global and local, and the factors that incentivize small firms to upgrade or not.    

Read the full report here