We focus our work in communities in Guatemala that have been devastated by gang violence. In these areas, gangs start recruiting young boys to become hitmen as soon as they are old enough to carry a gun. 75% of homicides in Guatemala are committed by kids. When mothers are working, their kids go to school and stay off the streets, and are less of a target for gangs. Women require flexible income opportunities, so they can keep their kids safe, and still put food on the table.
We are expanding our program beyond jewelry, we plan to lauch a new line of quilted and sewn products. The women in our program will earn higher wages, and have more stable income from Unmarked Streets. Each of the 10 women who completed the workshops will earn at least an extra $100 a month (in addition to income from making and selling jewelry). Each woman will be able to master the skills she learned, earn her own money, and get one step closer to achieving her goals.
Educating and employing women has been proven to be the most effective strategy to improve vital poverty metrics - public health, education levels, nutrition etc. According to the UN, one extra year of education for women reduces child mortality by 9.5% By employing women, we give them economic independence today. By teaching new skills and business training, we provide tools to remain economically empowered tomorrow. By creating a community, we create a rising tide of strong women in Guatemala.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Unmarked Streets Facebook Page
Infograph on Violence Against Women in Guatemala