Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation

Rating: 4.96 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Education, International, Women

Location: P O Box 1954 Sequim WA 98382 USA

Mission: We are dedicated to partnering with and empowering indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico, by providing them with access to education. Our goal is to help break the cycle of poverty, build self-esteem, and create positive role models.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I'm looking for an organization to support, there are several things I look for. They include: Does it do good work, does it do it well and is it efficient?
Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation shines in all these areas.
I have spent time in Chiapas and seen the foundation's good work, done well, which focuses on educational support for indigenous women and children in Chiapas, the poorest state of Mexico, but includes other support such as eye exams and glasses.
As one of the volunteer board members (there are no paid staff) I also applaud the efficiency of this organization.
If you are looking for a cause to support, I'd encourage you to learn more about and to consider Mujeres de Maiz.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it even better known.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled to Chiapas with Judith Pasco, founder and chairwoman of the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, a few years ago. I was so impressed with the work done by this non-profit that I became a donor, a volunteer and finally a board member. The things that impress me are: the relationship between the organization and the women and girls in the cooperative, the exceedingly low cost of administration (no paid staff), the effectiveness of the programs and the dedication of the group's supporters.
This is an exceptional group with a clear mission that is efficiently carried out.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the donor base.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Before I joined the board of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, I traveled to Chiapas and saw first-hand the work that is being done to help the women and children with their education. I spent a morning in one of the Saturday schools, run by Mujeres scholarship students who help their younger neighbors with their school work. I saw the women wearing glasses, for the first time able to see clearly. I attended a group meeting of the cooperative and saw the dedication and determination to better their own and their children's lives. As a board member, I can attest to the hard work of the volunteers who raise the funds for the foundation and the transparency of the organization. It does good work, does it well and economically.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Mujeres de Maiz is an organization that not only changes lives it speaks to the soul of those on both the receiving side and the giving side and you wonder who's really giving and who's really receiving. I have been involved with Mujeres since it's inception and friends with Judith Pasco even longer. I have been down to San Cristobal several times and have experienced the beauty, the poverty, the injustices and the dedication the young women in the cooperative have to better themselves. The day we took them for eye exams, and most were fitted with new glasses, was literally eye-opening for them and humbling for us. It was a day filled with giggles! You donations will be honored and well invested in helping to change lives of these remarkable indiginis women with compassion respect. If you haven't already, I encourage you to read "Somewhere for my Soul to Go" by Judith Pasco, then you'll get it.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is unique in that it supports a multitude of areas: the arts, women's rights, protecting native culture, education, and social justice all in one! By donating or volunteering with this organization you are able to see the fruits of your labor go directly to those in need--the women themselves, rather than going through the politics of a larger nonprofit with a bunch of middleman "hidden" fees that strip the donation down only to a small direct portion. This organization donates what it says! This nonprofit organization has a mission to spread through money, resources and volunteer time--to enhance qualities of life all humanity should experience: education, healthcare, emotional wellbeing and hope for a better future. Knowing many of the board members of this organization well, I can assure you that this organization is only going to grow bigger, hleping more women in need each year. Please join their movement and donate! Thank you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was so impressed by reading Judith Pasco's book, 'Somewhere for My Soul to Go' that we read her book in my book club and invited Judith to speak with us about her work. In both her book and in person, she charmed us with her stories and inspired us all to find our own passion and apply it to a cause we love. She and her organization have provided an outstanding model of how to do this...they have improved the lives of indigenous women and girls in Chiapas in the 8 years since Mujeres de Maiz was created. This organization is well worth supporting because of the vital work they do.

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2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of partnering with Mujeres de Maiz through Soroptimist of Sequim. It is the primary organization that improves the lives of women and girls which is our Soroptimist mission. The board remains focused on the needs of the Chiapas families and gives them hope for the future. It is so impressive to hear the stories of the individuals that participate in the various educational programs. When Mujeres de Maiz walks the talk, they create a path to success.

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2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Mujeres de Maiz "walks the talk". This group of dedicated volunteers has had a major impact on women and girls in Chiapas, Mexico. Through education, they have provided scholarships to very highly motivated women that want a better life for themselves and their community. They have also seen the long-lasting effects of going that extra mile by getting glasses for many of the women in the program, providing solar lights for their homes and even teaching them the importance of oral hygiene. The volunteers arrive in Mexico with everything from laptop computers to toothbrushes and toothpaste. They closely monitor all the students to help them reach their zenith of potential!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization continues to be among the most dedicated in their outreach to help with the education and life building skills for the young women of Chiapas Mexico. The women now have their own building in town for gathering and to showcase their crafts. The dedication of each volunteer and the Board is amazing....sponsoring multiple fundraisers annually that have helped so many. Not only do each of the scholarship recipients receive an education that otherwise would be unattainable, but then each gives back to their community in amazing ways.... classes for the children, helping their peers and increasing awareness of each person being able to better their life situation.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

My first exposure to "Mujeres" was through my Spanish class. Our teacher heads up the board for the organization. Her passion for helping the young women living in Chiapas is inspiring. This past December I was able to travel with a group to visit Chiapas and meet many of the scholarship recipients, participate in a weekend workshop and be a part of a "saturday school" hosted by a couple of the young women to help supplement the education of children in their village by adding Espanol to their local dialect and teaching skills that will aid them as they grow. The dedication by the women in Chiapas to their families and communities is enhanced by the help of "Mujeres", providing not only dollars to provide scholarships but also items used daily that we here in the US take for granted. From personal hygiene to computers to help the women coordinate their workshops and aid them with the co-op they run to promote and sell their weavings. What I believe is special about "Mujeres" is the fact that all the women and girls have total control of the direction their co-op should take, and each have a commitment to it's success. "Mujeres" presence is there to help them accomplish "their" goals, not impose their own agenda. That this is working extremely well is evidenced in the lives of all the women by their confidence in themselves and commitment to one another.

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As I said above, seeing for myself the great things these women and young girls in Chiapas can accomplish with the help from the "Mujeres" organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I can think of would be wider exposure to bring in more that may be given to these remarkable women in Chiapas, Mexico

Rating: 5 stars  

Mujeres de Maiz is an awe-inspiring organization, founded on the desire of one woman, Judith Pasco, to help the underprivileged women of rural Chiapas, Mexico. Over the years her organization has helped many worthy young women to complete their educations, improved literacy, provided vision care and dental hygiene supplies to those in need, offered empowerment to oppressed women and teaching to their children. Through their work, the women in the villages Mujeres de Maiz serves have become increasingly self-sufficient, self-confident and created cohesive groups to support personal growth among their members.
Amazingly, all this work has been done by dedicated volunteers, there are NO salaried employees of the foundation, and 100% of donations go directly to helping the women and children of Chiapas. Fundraising is mainly done through an annual community dinner with live and silent auctions and an annual concert, "Men with Guitars."
This is by far my favorite charity EVER, and worthy of any support you can offer.

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Besides wanting to see it continue to flourish and grow, I wouldn't change a thing!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to this organization from the very beginning. I have always been impressed by their fundraising events accompanied by their emphasis on education to the supporters of the work that they do. They are very committed to the women of Chiapas and they empower people to make decisions on the paths they will follow and not tell them how to do it. They educate and support without dictating. The Board is all volunteer and I always feel my donated dollar is being wisely used!

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2014

Rating: 5 stars  

This past year, I read Executive Director Judith Pasco's Book "Somewhere for my soul to go"about her journey to create the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation and it inspired me in my own journey to create a children's education program. The compassion, humor and humility that this organization embodies is fantastic and an inspiration to our local and global community. I hope we can all link together in helping each other, one pair of reading glasses, one composting toilet, and one community dinner at a time. I have enjoyed every one of the Mujeres de Maiz fundraising events I have attended, it is always a fun, relaxing and well organized event. Thank you for the work you do.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I love this organization. The donations they receive go directly to helping the women and girls in the Guatemalan cooperative. I have traveled with this organization as well to see some of the rural communities affected by their work and was impressed with the professionalism and compassion towards these communities. I highly recommend this group for anyone wishing to donate, get involved or travel with this group.

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A lot

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been excited about Mujeres since it was created several years ago! In 2013 my husband and I lived in San Cristobal for a couple of months and we visited some of the recipients and stayed overnight in their home. As a retired community college employee I am especially proud of the educational parts of the programs. It is also a triumph that the organization has now bought a building! Mujeres is grass roots and very special!!

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