Farewell to Doña Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch

Doña Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch was much more than a woman of broad social projection in Guatemala. The daughter of Juan Bautista Gutiérrez and mother of Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez, she always thought to help those who needed it most. Continues reading to learn more about Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch.

Some facts about Isabel Gutiérrez

The history of the giant Guatemalan business conglomerate would not be the same without this woman. She was able to guide the transition to the third generation that today continues to lead one of the leading corporations in Central America.

Juan Luis Bosch, current president of CMI and Isabel’s son, was 22 years old when his father died. Juan José Gutiérrez, who currently accompanies him as president, was even younger “but our mothers (Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch and Esperanza Mayorga) were always very close” and thus ensured a smooth transition process, Bosch recalled in an interview with Estrategia & Negocios in November 2004.

Her story

Isabel spent her childhood years in Quetzaltenango with her parents, Juan Bautista and Felipa Gutiérrez. She worked very young at her father’s side, Juan Bautista Gutierrez, as executive secretary of Molino Excelsior in Quetzaltenango. She married Alfonso Bosch Soto, who became involved in the family’s milling and food business.

But on October 3, 1974, Dionisio Gutiérrez Gutiérrez and Alfonso Bosch died when a small plane loaded with medicines to help victims of hurricane “Fifi” in Honduras crashed. They left 10 orphaned children and two widows who weaved a sibling relationship between them and built a solid generation that took over at a very early age and are still at the helm of Latin America’s leading food, energy and finance business giant.

Isabel discovered her social vocation at a very young age, first accompanying her father in Rotary projects and in the Spanish Charity. She later led the creation in 1985 of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, the social arm of Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI).

Under the founder’s leadership, this foundation developed projects such as the University Scholarship Program, the My Health…My Responsibility Program, and the Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship Program.

Regarding the impact of this initiative, Isabel stated: “At the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation we believe that if we impact communities, we can change the country and that is why we work so that children and women have access to education, and are empowered to be agents of change in their communities”.

Subsequently, the Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch Foundation was born to honor “the generosity of its founder, contributing to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala”.

Through the Foundation that bore her name, Isabel set out to contribute to the development of early childhood and the empowerment of parents, primary caregivers and community leaders, to promote good parenting, nutrition and stimulation that would allow children to reach their full potential.

Gutiérrez de Bosch was the first female president of the Rotary Club of Guatemala, and received the “Paul Harris” award from Rotary International in 1990, the Dolores Bedoya de Molina Grand Collar Order in 1993, and the “Exalting Our Values” award from Banco Industrial in 1995.

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