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.
Sep 22, 2014

The Power of Perseverence

Josefina
Josefina

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 to school, they would.  Often times they just didn't make enough money to spare the expense of her schooling.

But Josefina and her mother worked hard to assure she would complete her studies.  Josefina's mother never went to school and she very much wanted her daughter's story to be different from hers.  A story that ends with Josefina having a steady job that brings her enough income to be independent and contribute to the social fabric of her community.

Josefina's mother began crocheting kippot for MayaWorks.  With the income she earns from selling her yarmulkes, she helps Josefina with school expenses.  She is also planning to send Josefina's little sister to school when she begins kindergarten next year.

A few years ago, Josefina began crocheting kippot herself to earn an income to help her parents with the family expenses.  She has been able to stay in school regularly and will graduate in three years with a teaching diploma.  Josefina has a bright future ahead of her.  She is smart, kind and a leader in her community. She will truly be an inspiration to her students!

Josefina and her mother
Josefina and her mother
Josefina
Josefina's little sister, Mirian

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Jun 27, 2014

MayaWorks Funds New Loans in the Hamlet of Xetonox

Drawing water for crops is not an easy task!
Drawing water for crops is not an easy task!

MayaWorks has funded three new microcredit projects in the mountain hamlet of Xetonox, near Tecpán, Guatemala. Xetonox is known for its fertile volcanic soil which is why most of the projects we fund in this region are for planting crops.

Our long-time artisan partners, Vicenta, Marta and Santos, each received $500 to plant vegetables.  Vicenta and Marta, veteran gardners, have used their microcredit loan to plant green beans while their neighbor, Santos, has planted peas and broccoli.  

For the next three months the women will care for their plants by watering, fertilizing, and thinning them until they are ready to be harvested.  Once harvested, the women will sell their crops to buyers who will export them largely to the United States.

MayaWorks has found that planting and selling crops are lucrative income generating projects but they are also subject to high risk because their success is directly tied to weather.  The rainy season has been very heavy in Guatemala so far this year.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that these new projects will be successful for Vicenta, Marta and Santos!

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Jun 20, 2014

Meet Sandra, a MayaWorks Scholarship Recipient

Sandra, MayaWorks
Sandra, MayaWorks' scholarship recipient

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 Comalapa, is only a little bitty thing but is so full of life, her presence fills the room.   Meet her in her own words:

"My name is Sandra and I am eight years old.  I'm in second grade.  My favorite subject is Spanish language because I love reading. When I grow up I want to be a botonist.  I love to take care of plants.

"I'm an only child.  I had a younger sister, but she died when she was little.  My parents take good care of me because they do not want me to get sick like my little sister.  

"When I'm not in school I like to help my mom clean the house and cook dinner but I have lots of homework so sometimes I can't help her.  I do my homework right away when I come home from school.

"Every week I go to the Rosa Moya Center to get help with my homework, especially math.  I have trouble adding three digits.  I love going to the Center because I see my friends and my teacher and learn lots of things while having fun.  My parents are happy I have a MayaWorks scholarship.  With the money they buy my school supplies and uniform.

"I like when people from the U.S. visit us at the Rosa Moya Center.  I like making new friends from far away places and teaching them the folklore dances of Guatemala. I'm very happy at the Rosa Moya Center.  Please come and visit me and my friends."

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