July Update: Mercado Global’s Nutrition Initiatives


Our Community-Based Education Training Facilitators have been working hard with our artisans to revamp their favorite recipes and include healthier ingredients and food preparation techniques. These changes were based on nutrition guidelines created by our partners in health at Case Western Reserve University/Akron General Hospital. As a result, the artisans have created an electronic cookbook that is accessible to all artisan groups and can be downloaded to a cell phone or tablet. In addition, artisans who participated in the project created short instruction videos that other artisans groups can use to guide them in recreating the recipes. This virtual recipe book has already been shared via email, Facebook, and WhatsApp.

In Guatemalan families, women are the primary caregivers and are in charge of preparing meals for the entire family, which can include elderly parents and other relatives. hen a Mercado Global artisan learns how to prepare a nutritious meal, she improves not only her own health, but those who she feeds.

We would like to share a recipe from one of our newest groups, which was shared amongst all Mercado Global Cooperatives.


Stuffed Peppers



12 peppers

2 large carrots

1 pound of green beans

1 pound of potatoes

1.5 pounds of tomatoes

1 onion

1 pound of ground beef

1 cube of chicken stock

6 eggs

½ pound of white flour

Vegetable oil

2 pounds of rice

1 pound of salt

1 can of sweet corn

1. Boil a small amount of water. Put the peppers in the water for 1 minute to release the peel. Peel the peppers.

2. For the filling, chop all the vegetables and bring to a boil.

3. In a pan, fry the ground meat with the chopped onion and two tomatoes. When the meat is done, mix in the other cooked vegetables.

4. Stir the vegetables well with the meat.

5. Fill the peppers with the meat and vegetable mixture.

6. Beat the egg whites for one minute, until you have a fluffy white base.

7. Dip each stuffed pepper in the white flour, then into the beaten egg.

8. Heat a pan with a little oil and fry the stuffed peppers.

9. Serve with tomato sauce and rice.


Guatemala currently has the fifth highest malnutrition rate in the world due to lack of education and income to afford nutritious foods.


After involvement in Mercado Global trainings ninety-three percent of partner artisans report a positive change in their lives, a large part of that change being improved health. Eighty percent of our partner artisans report sharing information learned in trainings with friends and family, meaning your impact is exponential.