Guajilote was founded in 1991 as a component of a
USAID (United States Agency for International
Development) project. The project attempted to develop La
Muralla National park as an administrative and
socioeconomic model that COHDEFOR (the Honduran
forestry development service) could transfer to Honduras'
other national parks. The Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal
was given the right to exploit naturally fallen (not chopped
down) mahogany trees in La Muralla's buffer zone. A
buffer zone was the designated area within a park's
boundaries, but outside its core protected zone. People were
allowed to live and engage in economically sustainable
activities within this buffer zone. Guajilote in 1998 was
facing some important issues and concerns which could
effect not only its future growth, but also its very survival.
Careful planning is essential for any successful
business venture. The centerpiece is a well thought out
business plan. A solid business plan describes who you are,
how you will do it, your capacity to do it, and the financial
resources necessary to carry it out.
A well written plan will
serve as a guide through the start up phase of the business.
It can also measure benchmarks to measure the
performance of your business venture in comparison to
expectations and industry standards. A good business plan
will assist in attracting necessary financing.
Guajilote Cooperativo Forestal a cooperative in
Honduran provinces started out unprofessionally as a
business venture. The lack of education by the leaders of
the organization and the worker's has gotten their business
off to a slow start. The poor community which is lacking in
resources and knowledge of the quality of their product
hasn't made for a solid business plan. They are unable to
make benchmarks to measure the performance over the
years. No one has offered to assist in any...