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.
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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Apr 1, 2014

Successful Projects Give Women Confidence

Maria Arcadia and her milk cow
Maria Arcadia and her milk cow

María Arcadia is an example of the power of a successful microcredit project.  With her first MayaWorks' microcredit loan, she purchased a cow and sold milk to the members of her small community of Agua Caliente.  That was in 2010. María Arcadia still has the cow and is still providing milk for her village but, just this past year, and after paying off her first loan, she requested another microloan to expand her livestock.  María Aracadia purchased a female calf that she will take good care of until she is able to produce a calf herself.  In this way, María Arcadia will grow the number of livestock on her farm.

MayaWorks is careful to teach loan recipients that they must consider all of the expenses related to their income generating project, not just the initial purchase cost.  For example, we asked María Aracadia what will it cost to feed the calf?  What will veterinary visits cost?  Will there be any expenses related to mating the cow?  What will the selling costs be when she has finished mating?  It is important to discuss all of these potential expenses with the loan recipient so she clearly can see whether the project will be profitable or not. After reviewing all of these costs, María Arcadia determined she could double her investment.

When women have success with their projects, when they really understand their projects, they feel confident to expand them and ultimately create more income for their families.  

Maria Arcadia and her neighbors of Agua Caliente
Maria Arcadia and her neighbors of Agua Caliente

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