Posts tagged with ‘ammid’

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Empowered Women, Healthy Children

by Anna Muir

When 25-year-old Brenda decided to attend workshops on cooking and nutrition, she faced her share of criticism. Brenda’s mother thought their small Guatemalan community would condemn Brenda for spending time away from her own three children—especially because she is a single mother. She told Brenda that her place was in the home. But for Brenda, […]

Changing the Reality of Oppression Begins with a Single Step

by Anna Muir

Inequalities faced by women and girls can begin at birth and follow them all their lives. Beatriz knows this all too well. In her Guatemalan village, the shadow of oppression excludes indigenous women like her from accessing higher levels of education, holding positions at the institutional level, being leaders in their communities and pursuing other […]

Fighting for the Good Life

by Anna Muir

“Personally I have achieved many significant changes in my life.” With her arms around two of her children, Clara stands beaming with confidence—something she struggled with all her life, until now. In her Guatemalan village, Clara recently became a livestock promoter with a PWS&D-supported food security project. She also took on the roles of treasurer […]

Maya-Mam Women Inspire Change in Guatemala

by Anna Muir

Like many other indigenous Maya-Mam women, Maria Victoria Perez has suffered discrimination and poverty following decades of civil war in Guatemala. She also endured an oppressive marriage before separating from her husband. As a single mother, Maria found it difficult to feed her two children. But in the past year, Maria’s life changed in ways she […]

Working with Women in Guatemala: Aurelia’s Story

by Karen Bokma

“My name is Aurelia Zacarias. I am an agriculture promoter from a women’s group called ‘Las florecitas’ in Guatemala. Our group was formed by the Maya-Mam Association of Research and Development (AMMID) and for the past four years we have been working to establish family gardens, plant tree nurseries and raise livestock to improve our […]