The United States Agency for International Development reports that Guatemalan children on average attend only four years of schooling and only three out of ten students graduate from sixth grade. Less than 20% of all Guatemalans graduate from high school. If there is limited money to pay for schooling, parents will elect to send the male children to school leaving the girls at home to take care of domestic chores. MayaWorks provides 100 scholarships for the daughters of artisans in an effort to keep them in school for as long as possible.
This week MayaWorks disbursed scholarshiips checks to 100 girls as they began the new school year. MayaWorks provides partial scholarships. Parents are responsible for covering school expenses not covered by the scholarship. Mothers pay for the additional educational expenses from their earnings weaving MayaWorks products because they want their daughters to have more opportunities than they had. It is our hope that all the daughters of our artisan partners will complete high school and have the skills to enter the formal job sector.
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