Monday, March 20, 2017
Mayan Families and Living on One: A Flourishing Partnership Bringing Change in Peña Blanca!
Lauren Erlandson
blog image In 2015, Living on One released Living on One Dollar, a documentary which followed the plight of families living in Peña Blanca, Guatemala living on less than $1 a day. Following this, Mayan Families partnered with Living on One to innovate sustainable community development solutions thr

Friday, March 17, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Celebrating 10 years working with Paso por Paso!
Education Manager
blog image Written by Megan Furnivall, Education Program ManagerThis February, we were very pleased to welcome Paso por Paso back to Guatemala for yet another year. This year, the group of Canadian teachers celebrated their 10th anniversary of working alongside Mayan Families.Their visit, as always, was action

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Beading Beyond Borders: Micaela’s Idea

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateFor most families living in the small, agricultural community of Chaquijya, life rarely strays outside of a five-mile radius of farming land, the local market, and home. A trip to the neighboring town of Sololá for a larger market, a pharmacy, or a h

Friday, July 22, 2016
Empowering Women: Maria Carmen and the Sewing Trade School

blog image Written by Anna Watts, Multimedia AssociateThe whir of machines punctuated by laughter and chatter emerges from the upstairs classroom of the Mayan Families Sewing School. Inside, eight women seated at lines of machines and desks take lessons from Don Alberto, the sewing instructor, in the advanced

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
An Artistic Family in our Microloans Program!
blog image San Antonio Palopó is a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Atitlán; home to approximately 3,500 people. It does not take more than a few hours in the Sololá region to start noticing the bright blue colors worn by the women from San Antonio, which adorn every shop on the road i

Friday, September 11, 2015
Success Stories from our Microloans Program: Rosario
blog image There are several women in our Microloans program whose work captures our attention. Women who are proud of what they do and inspire us to keep working hard to provide them with the opportunities a loan represents.Rosario is a talented businesswoman from San Jorge. When she first received a small lo

Friday, September 11, 2015
Mayan Families Microloans Solidarity Groups
blog image The field of microfinance has seen tremendous growth since its beginnings in the 1970s. Not only has the field grown in financial terms, but also in its outreach. After decades of developments in the field, the way in which microfinance institutions work has also evolved. Following the example of ot

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Stories From the Field: The Fascinating Story of Cruz and Tierra Linda
blog image Tierra Linda is a small, isolated community located on the highlands above Panajachel. It takes an hour to drive up the mountain and then down on a narrow and steep road with many sharp turns in order to reach this impoverished town. It is a town in a rough mountainous terrain.The presence of Mayan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Microloans Program Women of Success: Mujeres de Éxito
blog image Chaquijyá is a small rural community located up the road from Panajachel. Recently, I joined several other Mayan Families staff members for a visit there as part of our Microloans Program. As we drove up the steep road that connects Panajachel with Sololá. The road got smaller and

Thursday, October 16, 2014
World Food Day: Our Efforts to Combat Food Insecurity & Hunger in Guatemala
Katy Morris
blog image Today we join thousands of people across the globe to celebrate World Food Day, acknowledging the particular spotlight on the importance of “Family Farming”. Here in Guatemala, hunger and malnutrition is a constant yet very real concern that we see every day. In rural areas, includi

Friday, September 5, 2014
More than just Tortillas: Esmirna's Success Story
Katy Morris
blog image Last year, Esmirna used her first Paso Por Paso microloan to open a tortilleria in Panajachel. Every day she travels from her village of Tierra Linda to make and sell tortillas tres tiempos, meaning made fresh and ready to eat by hungry patrons for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Esmirna

Thursday, August 28, 2014
A History of Beading Success in San Jorge
Katy Morris
blog image Beading is one of the most common professions among women in San Jorge.  Unlike weaving, which has been practiced in Guatemala since pre-Colombian times, bead work is a relatively new artisanal craft in Guatemala.  As San Jorge bead artisan Sandra Palax explains, beading was first introduc

Thursday, August 28, 2014
A Young Woman’s Sharp Business Sense Leads Her to Retail
Katy Morris
blog image  America’s mother died when she was only 14-years-old. The next year, she became pregnant with her son.  For the next four years, she struggled to make an income by cleaning houses, but this work was often inconsistent.  At 20-years-old, America decided to start selling used clo

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Six Ways Microloans Empower Women
Katy Morris
blog image As you may have read in our recent blog post, gender inequality is a serious problem in Guatemala.  Here are six ways microloans empower women to take control of their own life and the future of their families.With microloans, women can invest in their businesses without financial input from th

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Q&A with Microloans Field Director Oscar
Katy Morris
blog image Our microloans recipients receive monthly trainings and individual counseling on how to improve their business practices and get the highest return on their loans.  They also participate in monthly educational workshops in order to improve their businesses and overall quality of life. In this Q

Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 Worst Countries to be a Woman: Guatemala Ranks 6th
Katy Morris
blog image According to a list published by The Feminist Zine this past March, Guatemala comes up sixth out of the 10 worst countries to be a woman. Why is this? Guatemala is still recovering after 36 years of brutal civil war. The scars of this conflict remain raw all over the country - particularly with

Friday, May 9, 2014
Celebrating World Fair Trade Day 2014!
Katy Morris
blog image If you have ever visited our hometown of Panajachel, you have no doubt seen the wide array of beautifully crafted beaded jewelry produced by local indigenous women.   But did you know the process by which this jewelry reaches stores?  Often, these artisans are women limited by a lack

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