In post-conflict Guatemala, where remnants of a violent past have stalled growth and reconciliation, Linda Swana is rallying a citizen’s movement. She links diverse groups who share a common belief — Guatemala must rely on Guatemalans to move it forward.
Thirty-six years of civil war have taken a devastating toll; poverty and illiteracy persist and sporadic violence recurs. Linda believes nothing short of a shift in societal attitudes can get Guatemala back on track.
GuateÁmala is a movement to generate socially proactive change — economic, political, societal — through citizen-driven initiatives. As executive director, Linda harnesses citizens’ positive energy, transforming their goodwill for Guatemala into concrete action.
By facilitating national dialogue on pressing challenges, Linda promotes civic engagement and provides the space for new ideas to take hold. These ideas are translated into community-run projects on a range of issues, including youth leadership, judicial reform and gender-based violence.