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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, International, Women, Womens Rights

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.

Results: In August of 2013, we will be welcoming 24 girls and women on scholarship. We are funding three full year children's programs to strengthen academic skills, develop creativity and foster environmental stewardship. We also fund an adult literacy program, now in its second year. We fund workshops, provide eye exams and glasses, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We have donated a laptop to each community. We have just completed our capital campaign which has enabled the cooperative to fulfill a dream of their own center and a legacy for their daughters. Our new composting toilet project is underway in 3 communities.

Target demographics: Indigenous women and children who live in poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 155.

Geographic areas served: 12 communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexcio

Programs: Scholarships Zinacantan Saturday Children's Project Crucero Saturday Children's Project Altamirano adult literacy program Ocosingo Children's Project Eye exams and glasses Computers Eco-friendly composting latrines Twice a year toothbrushes and paste

Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz does more with the money they receive than any other non-profit we donate to.
They have an all-volunteer board and exceptional community support. As a non-profit working in Chiapas, Mexico, Mujeres does not decide what to fund. The women of the weaving cooperatives decide what their needs are. Mujeres de Maiz has funded education for women and children, helped in procuring a permanent building designed by the women for workshops and meetings, provided eyeglasses, helped with a latrine building project and much more. One of the rewarding things that has happened is that some of the “girls” who were provided scholarships have returned and are working to support the programs. The participants decided they needed to help in developing and instructing a children’s program. The programs continue to grow for a population that is often neglected in their own country. I am proud to be a volunteer and donor of Mujeres de Maiz.

Donor

Rating: 5

The board works so hard that I know my donation dollars to Mujeres de Maiz will go further than at any other charity.

Martha23

Donor

Rating: 5

After 11 years, Mujeres de Maiz continues to change lives of, not only indigenous women, but entire families and communities in San Cristobal Chiapas, one of the poorest countries in Mexico. Providing scholarships to continue education after 5th grade is life changing. As the young women have continued their education, they have started children's programs in their own communities. I am thrilled to know the impact that my donations make.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

cblaze

Donor

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz gives people hope and fosters the determination needed to plan for a future. Many of these women never anticipated a better life for themselves and/or their children. It is such a heart warming experience knowing that Mujeres de Maiz provides education and a attainable goals for these families. My life is enriched by associating with the board and Judith Pasco. What an inspiration!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Mujeres de Maiz has improved the lives of so many women and girls. They now have hopes and dreams that will become a reality. As they strive to attain their educational goals, they are role models and tutors for the younger generation. Entire communities can begin to sustain themselves. The ripple effect brings promise and fuels the desire to reach for a better life.

It is my pleasure to support this fabulous foundation; it truly Makes A Difference in all the lives it touches.

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Margot H.

Donor

Rating: 4

Every year at the annual (delicious) fund raising dinner we hear success stories of girls and women in Chiapas who have continued their education thanks to help from Mujeres de Maiz.This is important because woman are more apt to return to their home village and educate and support other women.

Margot Hewitt

puzzlejan

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to donate to this organization because they have a proven record of making a difference in the lives of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico. They have provided opportunities for women to access education, and their program includes provision for recipients to pass on what they learn to other members of their community. They have built a program designed to meet specific needs identified by the women of the community, and they have built a local leadership base. The work of this foundation is a good model for other programs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a retired social worker, I recognize the qualities of an effective organization, and Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation provides assistance in an effective and empowering manner. The organization focuses on needs identified by the women they serve, and these women are involved in the design and review of these services. Women in the community receive support in attaining their education, and then they are expected to provide assistance to others through teaching Saturday school, through leading workshops, and through participation in community events. The wholistic programs serve the academic needs of the scholarship recipients, the physical needs by funding eye glasses, the social needs by providing community events and a community center, and the wellness needs by funding eco-friendly latrines.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the qualities that I love the most about this organization is that they LISTEN. Instead of coming into a community and announcing what they will provide, they take the time to hear what is needed. What an enormous contribution they have made by listening and serving!

Donor

Rating: 5

Judith Pasco, a Spanish teacher, founded Mujeres de Maiz 11 years ago to help impoverished, undereducated women in Chiapas, Mexico. This local charitable organization has grown over the years, providing scholarships for education, offering literacy classes, reading glasses, computers and classes in using them, and training local women to do most of the teaching and now managing the ongoing daily work of the organization. ALL of the money raised by Mujeres de Maiz goes to the work in Mexico, as the founder and board in the U.S. have always worked as volunteers.
I have given to many different non-profits over the years, but this is the most worthy of them all, in my opinion. These devoted women have truly made a positive difference in the lives of rural girls & women in Chiapas, Mexico, empowering them to make a lasting difference in their communities.

Cathy V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A Spanish teacher from Washington, while traveling in Mexico, saw a need and came home to begin the process that led to the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. Indigenous women and girls in Chiapas, the poorest state in Mexico, rarely continued their education beyond elementary school. Their talents, skills and confidence weren't given opportunities to grow and develop. Through the efforts of that teacher, the board members, volunteers and donors, scholarship students now continue in school, some through college, and also share their new skills and knowledge with their local communities. Educating girls and women pays off. I have seen this first hand when I traveled to Chiapas with Mujeres. This is a well-run organization with very low operating costs and high payoff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years now, my sister has been involved with Mujeres. We have talked often of her experiences--visiting Chiapas, local fundraising efforts, her Board responsibilities. Clearly, the Mujeres programs in Chiapas have a profoundly positive impact on that community. When my sister asked me last year if I would volunteer to keep the books for the organization, I enthusiastically agreed. I am proud to do my part to support the dedicated people that run this organization, all the volunteers, the donors, and especially the women of Chiapas that benefit so greatly from Mujeres.