At its core, MayaWorks is about creating work for women so that they can financially support their families and become fully contributing members of their communities.
MayaWorks helps women transform their skills into a means of financial support for their families by creating a market for the traditional arts of Maya artisans. Textile products are distributed within wholesale and retail markets and are also sold by U.S. women in their local communities.
Giving Guatemalan women an opportunity to earn an income from their skills gives them self-confidence and hope for themselves, their families and their communities. For U.S. women, reaching across borders to give a hand up to help women in developing countries allows them to participate in economic justice on a global level.
MayaWorks coordinates three initiatives designed to help Maya women achieve economic security:
Our Economic Development Social Venture creates ongoing work for Guatemalan artisans and provides U.S. women an opportunity to directly support women’s global economic development.
Our Microcredit Program develops women artisans as entrepreneurs to create projects that generate additional sources of income.
Our Education Program provides indigenous women opportunities to continue to study and receive training so that they create a more secure future for themselves and their families.