Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development

 
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Scholarship Recipients are High Achievers and Avid Footballers
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    On a recent visit to our artisan partners, I had the pleasure of spending a morning visiting MayaWorks' scholarship recipients in the small village of Agua Caliente in the central highlands of Guatemala. It's always a pleasure to see the girls.  At first, they are shy and reticient when I meet with them in the...
    • 1 month ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    MayaWorks Disburses 92 Scholarships
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    In February MayaWorks disbursed scholarships to 92 deserving young girls in six central highland communities of Guatemala.  MayaWorks provides scholarships to the daughters of its artisan partners who are actively attending school and are achieving at least a C average in their coursework.   In total, there were...
    • 5 months ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Meet Josefa Rosalinda: Chess Whiz
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    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...
    • 8 months ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    The Power of Perseverence
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    Josefina is 19 years old and just beginning high school.  She hopes to become a teacher one day and help students just like her, students who struggle to stay in school because of circumstances beyond their control. Josefina's education has been interrupted many times.  When her parents had the money to send her...
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development has received 3 donations
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Meet Sandra, a MayaWorks Scholarship Recipient
    By - Jeannie Balanda and Sandra - Executive Director
    MayaWorks believes the development of communities begins with the development of its girls which is why, in each of the communities where MayaWorks operates in Guatemala, we coordinate tutoring and academic services for the daughters of our artisan partners. Sandra, a second grade student from MayaWorks Rosa Moya Center in...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    The Family That Weaves Together...
    By - Lydia Sorensen - GlobalGiving In-the-Field Representative
    The following is a postcard from Lydia Sorensen, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Guatemala, about her recent visit to MayaWorks. In the town of San Juan Comalapa (sometimes known here by its Mayan name “Chixot”) a group of Mayan women are using the skills they have known practically their...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Scholarships Granted to 100 Indigenous Maya Girls
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    The United States Agency for International Development reports that Guatemalan children on average attend only four years of schooling and only three out of ten students graduate from sixth grade. Less than 20% of all Guatemalans graduate from high school. If there is limited money to pay for schooling, parents will elect...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Mothers Work to Send their Daughters to School
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    With the money they earn from crafting MayaWorks products, mothers are able to send their daughters to school. Silvia works hard sewing MayaWorks baby bibs so Natalí can go to school. Natalí wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She works hard at her studies and attends extra tutoring classes at the Rosa...
    • 1 year ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development has received 2 donations
    • 2 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    MayaWorks Artisan Partners Open a Small Store
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    MayaWorks continually works with its artisan partners in Guatemala so that have the tools to work independently.  That is why we were thrilled when they approached us about opening a small store to carry their own inventory in Guatemala.  Up until now most of the products the artisans craft were for the export...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Access to Education is Precarious in Guatemala
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    MayaWorks believes, to overcome poverty, it is vital to educate girls which is why we provide daughters of artisans scholarships to help defray the cost of school attendance. Although education in Guatemala is free, parents must pay a registration fee, purchase school supplies and cover transportation expenses to get...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    MayaWorks Leads Trip to Guatemala for U.S. Weavers
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    A group of 13 Jewish weavers and others from the U.S. who are interested in Fair Trade and women's economic development just returned from a trip to Guatemala to meet with artisan partners who craft Judaica products. This trip was sponsored by MayaWorks and two other organizations involved in Fair Trade, Fair Trade Judaica...
    • 2 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Opportunities for Economically Marginalized Women
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    MayaWorks works with over 125 low income indigenous women in the central highlands of Guatemala. 70% are from extremely poor and remote hamlets of the Chimaltenango and Sololá areas. Artisans tend to marry very young and, on average, have six children.  Many are single mothers working to support large families...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development has received 5 donations
    • 3 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Vicenta of Xetonox
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    Vicenta Jutzutz Tetzaguic is 57 years old.  She was born in the village of Panabajal, Xetonox, deep in the valley of Tecpán, Guatemala. Vicenta is a warm and loving woman.  She’s always smiling and has beautiful brown eyes that sparkle.  You would never know Vicenta’s life hasn’t been...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Proud to be Self-Sufficient
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    María Teresa Chipix was born in 1965 in San Juan Comalapa in the highlands of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.  She is the second oldest daughter of eight children.  When she was a child, it was rare to educate a daughter so María Teresa never knew what it was like to attend school.  She grew up...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Making it on Her Own
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    Francisca hasn’t had an easy life.  The fifth of 12 children, Francisca wasn’t able to attend school.  Instead, she and her sisters worked harvesting corn and beans in her village, Agua Caliente, while her brothers went to school.  At 17 Francisca was forced to marry a man she didn’t...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Weaving for a Better Life
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    Eufemia’s life in her small village of Aguas Calientes has been challenging.  She attended school only up to second grade.  By age 16 she was married and, by age 21, was widowed.  Alone with three daughters under the age of five, Eufemia had no choice but to leave her community in the highlands to find...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Reaching our Goal of 85% Literacy
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    In a recent survey, MayaWorks learned some interesting facts about the education of its women artisans: 27% attended one or two years of primary school; 14% completed 6th grade; 4% completed junior high school; and,  2% completed high school. Most MayaWorks artisans have not completed their...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development has received 32 donations
    • 4 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development posted a progress report
    Artisans Collaborate with the Univesity of Itzmo
    By - Jeannie Balanda - Executive Director
    ´╗┐´╗┐´╗┐Artisans from the Xetonox and Agua Caliente areas recently met with students of the University of Itzmo in Guatemala to begin collaboration on an 18 month design project that will culminate in new products for the 2012 fall season.  Students surveyed the artisans to determine their current skills and the areas that...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Guatemalan Women's Cross Generational Development has been approved to be on GlobalGiving!
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Organization

MayaWorks

Berwyn, IL, United States
http://www.mayaworks.org

Project Leader

Jeannie Balanda

Executive Director
Chicago, Illinois United States

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