Microloans Help Guatemalan Women Reach Their Goals

by MayaWorks
Dec 9, 2010

Women Rebuild Projects After Devastating Losses

New blackberry crops planted after Agatha
New blackberry crops planted after Agatha

I recently returned from Guatemala where I had the opportunity to meet with many of the women who lost their microcredit projects to Tropical Storm Agatha.  The resiliency of these women never ceases to amaze me.  They have replanted their crops and are tending to them with great care.  Soon they will have blackberries, green beans and potatoes that they will either sell in the local market or export through an intermediary.  

We know that when women have access to income, they invest it in their families and villages.   In the face of adversity, women persevere so that they can put healthier food on their tables, take their children to the doctor when they are ill and send them to school. 

We are all transformed when women come together to make the world a better place!  Thank you for caring about the economic development of women in developing countries.  May you and yours have a happy holiday season!

Women meet to discuss how to rebuild projects
Women meet to discuss how to rebuild projects

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Chicago, Illinois United States
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