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 14, 2016

Moms and Daughters Receive Visitors from the US

Learning about the Comalapa mural
Learning about the Comalapa mural

Sometimes girls need a break from the rigors of school and moms need a break from the daily grind.  That's just what they get when they host visitors from the United States!

In January, MayaWorks' Rosa Moya Center hosted a group of upperclasswomen of the Castilleja School.  Castilleja ia an independent school for girls in grades six through twelve in the San Francisco Bay area. MayaWorks' scholarship recipients organized activities for the visitors that helped them understand Guatemalan cultue and the pace of daily life in a rural, developing country.

Rosa Moya students educated their visitors about Comalapa's history by showing them the student-designed mural project. They learned about the town's customs, its devestation by earthquakes and even about it's dark days of violence during Guatemala's 36 year civil war.  

Mom's also participated!  They invited the girls to their homes and taught them how to make tortillas.  They explained the importance of the tortilla in the Guatemalan diet and made a typical Guatemalan lunch for the Castilleja girls.

There was lots of fun too!  The Rosa Moya students prepared a piñata for their visitors who loved the custom of beating the piñata with a stick while blindfolded.  The shower of candy was an added bonus!

Creating opportunites for girls to meet young people their age from other cultures serves to widen their horizons and provides them a global insight to the world.  We've seen that it piques girls interest about the possibilties beyond their small communities.  Moms love making connections with people from far away who appreciate and respect their traditional indigenous culture.

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You're never too old for a pinata!

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Jan 15, 2016

Encouraging High Performance in Girls

When she
When she's not studying, she's weaving.

MayaWorks strives to assist students in achieving their academic potential by setting high standards and supporting them when they struggle to achieve their educational goals. 

In 2015 96% of scholarship beneficiaries received a minimum C average; 58 % achieved a B average. No students dropped out of school and, all students who were on track for graduation the past year, did graduate with their class.

The girls enjoy coming to MayaWorks' tutoring centers to receive support in their subject areas and to work in the computer lab.  Overall, students have a 85% attendance rate at our after school programming.  

Scholarship students also benefit from a language exchange with American students.  Young women from an all-girls school in California visit students of our Rosa Moya Center in Comalapa.  Each group of girls practices their language skills and complete a project together.  

Academic support and enrichment activities like the language exchange serve to keep girls motivated to stay in school and excel.  Thank you to donors for helping us in our efforts.

This little scholar is an example for her brother.
This little scholar is an example for her brother.

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Jan 15, 2016

Microloan Support Makes for Successful Projects

Marta in her potato field with loan supervisors.
Marta in her potato field with loan supervisors.

If you want to know how to run a successful microcredit project, go see Marta.  Marta always runs a solid project. She choses her activities wisely. She clearly understands her expenses and outlines her goals and is always eager to learn more.

She grows crops for the export market where she can earn more money. Vegetables such as potatos, green beans and strawberries yield good profits.  Marta consistently produces results and pays her loans back on time.  

Her success can largely be attibuted to the support she receives from the moment she applies for a loan.  Marta went through a series of trainings to increase the likelihood her projects will be fruitful. In addition, she receives periodic visits by loan supervisors who are available to help her work through challenges and make recommendations to improve project outcomes.

She is a terrific role model for other women who want to coordinate a successful microcredit project.

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