PWS&D is working with local partners in Guatemala to support education, income generation, food security and women’s empowerment.
In the western highlands of the country, PWS&D is working to improve the livelihoods of indigenous women and men through partnerships with Maya-Mam Association of Research and Development (AMMID) and the Fraternidad de Presbiteriales Mayas (FPM).
Through these innovative programs, farm families are increasing crop yields and diversity, building resilience to climate change and preserving the environment with improved agricultural practices. Trainings also show farmers how to properly care for livestock and teach marketing skills so they can benefit economically from the sale of produce and animals.
Marginalized women are improving their self-esteem and strengthening their voices at the institutional level. With training and access to financial loans, they are also starting up dairy cow production systems and improving their livelihoods. Seeing their businesses succeed is improving their self-sufficiency. The success of these programs has led to their replication in surrounding districts.
Children living in the rough neighbourhood surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump are accessing education at the Francisco Coll School to build brighter futures. Students who excel qualify for scholarships to further their education, while current graduates pursue studies in business, metalworking and other in-demand professions.