Microloans Help Guatemalan Women Reach Their Goals

Sep 20, 2010

Projects Affected by Worst Weather in 60 Years

ConcepciĆ³n is thankful for emergency provisions.
ConcepciĆ³n is thankful for emergency provisions.

This has been the rainiest season in Guatemala in 60 years. The torrential rains have caused mudslides, rockslides and complete washouts of rural communities. Homes have been destroyed, automobiles have been buried under tons of mud and crops have been lost.

Unfortunately, most of MayaWorks' food projects have been lost to flooding. Currently, we are assessing the damages but we are confident that our loan recipients will bounce back from this setback. To aid our communities in getting back on their feet, MayaWorks has distributed well over 4,000 pounds of rice, beans, cereal, sugar and corn to community residents. Families, whose homes were damaged by the storm, will receive financial assistance to repair walls, roofs and floors. They will also receive aid to replace personal property lost in the terrible storms.

And, of course, we will stand by our families when they are ready to replant their fields!


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Chicago, IL, United States

Project Leader

Jeannie Balanda

Executive Director
Chicago, Illinois United States

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