Population Council Guatemala, with the support of UNFPA and other donors, developed a strategy of expansion and scale up of Abriendo Oportunidades (AO) through geographic conglomerates with an ecological approach. They provided 250 bicycles as an additional component of AO to assess its effectiveness in increasing mobility and school attendance in four municipalities in Guatemala. This brief describes how the project was successful in increasing mobility, reinsertion, and completion of the 2017 school year among its participants. Results show that the provision of bicycles to adolescents participating in the Abriendo Oportunidades program increased school reintegration from the 2016 cycle to the 2017 cycle by 24%. Furthermore, the increase in mobility with the bicycles allowed participants to continue their secondary studies, occupy public spaces of commercial exchange, strengthen their social capital, and have access to recreational activities.
Broll, Paola. 2018. "Pedaling toward the future: Increasing and maintaining the school attendance of adolescent girls in indigenous communities of rural Guatemala," brief. Guatemala City: Population Council.
Abriendo Oportunidades (“Opening Opportunities”)