MayaWorks

MayaWorks' mission is to empower low-income indigenous women to end their cycle of poverty and improve their lives. MayaWorks trains artisans to transform their traditional weaving skills into a means of financial support for their families. Volunteers in the U.S. sell artisan products creating a market for the traditional arts of Maya women. This collaboration creates an opportunity for Maya women to achieve economic security and for North American women to participate in economic justice.
Apr 3, 2015

Mother and Daughter Plant Carrots for the Export Market with a Microcredit Loan

Visitors admire Santos and Cristina
Visitors admire Santos and Cristina's carrot crop.

Santos and Cristina live on their own.  They weave products for MayaWorks and supplement their income by cultivating crops. The mother and daughter team recently took out a microcredit loan to purchase seed to plant a carrot field. These carrots are being grown for the export market where the sale of the crop will result in a nice profit for the pair. Crops are excellent projects if the weather cooperates.  So far this season, the weather has been perfect for growing deliciously sweet carrots.

Santos and Cristina were pleased to show off their microcredit project to a group of North American visitors this past February!  The tourists were impressed with the size of the carrots.  Santos showed her appreciation by pulling carrots directly from the ground and peeling them for her visitors to eat by the side of the field. Carrots never tasted so fresh!

Eating freshly harvested carrots.
Eating freshly harvested carrots.

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Dec 30, 2014

Update on Maria Arcadia's Livestock Project

Maria Arcadia
Maria Arcadia

Earlier this year we reported on Maria Arcadia's livestock project.  We told you how she expanded her livestock to sell more milk to her commmuunity. We're very happy to report that Maria Arcadia is now selling milk and cheese to neighboring communities!

Maria Arcadia lives in a very remote village where there are no local corner stores. Everyday she and her husband load up their pick-up truck with milk and cheese and travel to the surrounding hamlets to sell to other small communities that lack access to stores where they can purchase fresh dairy products. Not only does Maria Arcadia provide an important service to folks who lack resources but she also earns an income that allows her to provide for her four children and her grandchildren.  It's a win-win for everyone!

Maria Arcadia is a leader in her community.  She's smart, hardworking and a role model for other women in her small village.  She is also grateful for the opportunities that she has been given that have allowed her to improve her standard of living and that of her family.

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Dec 29, 2014

Meet Josefa Rosalinda: Chess Whiz

Josefa with her chess trophies
Josefa with her chess trophies

Josefa Rosalinda is a hard working young lady who, despite many obstacles, has achieved prestigious awards in her community, Santiago Atitlán.  

Josefa's mother is a MayaWorks artisan partner who weaves clerical stoles and makes beaded jewelry. She works hard to provide for her family as a single mother but often has set-backs due to uncontrolled diabetes.  Her shining light is Josefa.  When Josefa isn't studying hard to achieve an A average in school, you can find her studying a chessboard. She's the reigning chess champ in her community and has been selected to represent her department in the national championship.

Josefa loves to read and dreams of becoming a lawyer when she grows up. Josefa wants to give her mother and younger siblings a better life and she knows she can do that through education and personal achievement.  MayaWorks will be rooting for her at the National Chess Championship!

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