Community Finance Guatemala is now the GuateBUENA Association! For more than four years, we have helped Indigenous Maya women learn financial literacy skills and form their own savings groups through Community Finance Guatemala. Now, we need your help to build out the pillars of our work so we can provide these 23 savings groups and more than 400 members with integral education, accompaniment, and entrepreneurial opportunities to support holistic well-being and happiness.
Kaqchikel Maya families in the region of San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala face high rates of poverty and social exclusion. Among them, women fare the worst: low rates of education, few work opportunities, rampant poverty, and the prevalence of predatory lending practices lock these women into cycles of poverty and financial instability. Many struggle with compounding stressors: health issues, low self-esteem, and abuse can make transforming their lives all the more challenging.
The project will continue to support 400 current women members with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan their finances, save, and earn interest to reach their goals through their solidarity groups. Yet we recognize that financial security is necessary, but not enough, for true and lasting happiness. Your help allows our organization to broaden our reach to also promote physical, spiritual, emotional, and ecological well-being for members of our existing savings and solidarity groups.
Through this project, 400 women will become more financially stable; through mutually support in their groups, they will grow in their confidence to affect lasting changes in their families and communities. As we grow, we hope to replicate our model in other regions of Guatemala to broaden our impact. Our longterm vision is a Guatemala where communities develop integrally, through mutual support, to reach true happiness in harmony with Mother Earth.