Microloans Help Guatemalan Women Reach Their Goals

Dec 31, 2013

Microcredit Loans Create Opportunities for Women

Elena Mux, MayaWorks microcredit recipient
Elena Mux, MayaWorks microcredit recipient

It’s incredibly inspiring to listen to the women’s stories.  One thing I hear over and over again is how grateful they are to have opportunities: Opportunities for ongoing work; opportunities to start small businesses; and opportunities to educate their children.   Elena Mux is grateful for the opportunities that have helped to improve her life.

Elena began to support her family at the age of 13 when her father died.  She earned money by weaving and sewing products that she sold in the local market.  Elena married young and continued to take on work as a weaver whenever it became available.

It wasn’t until Elena started working with MayaWorks that she began to earn a fair wage for her weaving.  She says the opportunity of ongoing work with MayaWorks has allowed her to be financially independent.  This has been critical for Elena: her husband died early in her marriage and she has been the sole supporter of her teenage son. 

Elena also sells Omnilife health supplements that she purchased with a MayaWorks microcredit loan.  Elena’s business has been very successful: she has many customers who seek her out for her products.  During a recent visit with her, she proudly showed me her inventory and thanked me for the opportunities MayaWorks has afforded her family.

MayaWorks also offers other opportunities to assist women toward economic security: Artisans have the opportunity to expand their ability to create beautiful products that will bring them more income through MayaWorks capacity building trainings; daughters of artisans have the opportunity to stay in school and reach their educational goals when they are granted a MayaWorks scholarship; communities have the opportunity to improve their reading skills through MayaWorks literacy workshops.

We cannot do this work without our supporters. Your support helps MayaWorks fund programs that expand financial and educational opportunities for women who are ready to take on the world!  Thank you and Happy New Year to you and yours.



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Berwyn, IL, United States

Project Leader

Jeannie Balanda

Executive Director
Chicago, Illinois United States

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Map of Microloans Help Guatemalan Women Reach Their Goals