DESGUA Sustainable Development for Guatemala

DESGUA is a grassroots organization and network of community groups in Guatemala and the United States working towards economic and educational development for a sustainable Guatemala. The DESGUA objective is to develop a participatory process with the diverse communities in the Guatemalan Highlands to promote: cultural policy, historical memory of our people, critical consciousness, local economic initiatives and autonomous education to create: a space where the complexity and entirety of our identities can coexist. to challenge: power relationships between women and men, structural racism and economic disempowerment

Product Design Class

Product Design Class
Social Enterprise Administration & Management: Classes on marketing, project presentation, administration and social business management offered to eco-tourism groups, textile cooperatives and individuals who want to open their own social enterprise. (view small | med | large | orig)

Technology and Participation

Technology and Participation
Technology and Participation: Course where young Mayan women learn important communicative technology skills such as computer and documentary filmmaking in order to communicate about issues effecting their communities and to seek community-centered solutions. (view small | med | large | orig)

Cultural Empowerment Class

Cultural Empowerment Class
Cultural Empowerment & Mayan Worldview: Course that cultivates the exchange of ancestral knowledge. Designed for youth and community leaders to share knowledge and receive classes on history, symbolism, and Mayan Cosmovision as a science and philosophy. (view small | med | large | orig)

History Conference

History Conference
Cultural Empowerment & Mayan Worldview: Course that cultivates the exchange of ancestral knowledge. Designed for youth and community leaders to share knowledge and receive classes on history, symbolism, and Mayan Cosmovision as a science and philosophy. (view small | med | large | orig)

Youth Educational Exchange

Youth Educational Exchange
Cultural & Educational Exchanges between Organized Groups: Organized groups of women and youth who meet with other groups that work in similar project areas in order to exchange lessons learned and solutions to common challenges. (view small | med | large | orig)