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.
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
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved in one way or another with Mujeres since it's inception. I've traveled to San Cristobal de las Casas a couple of time and have been there when scholarships were given to the young indigenous women and witnessed the pride. I have experienced the excitement and enthusiasm for learning at the cooperative. This organization is making a difference in lives and I'm proud to be a supporter and "Friend" of Mujeres.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have traveled twice to San Cristobal de las Casas & had exceptional experiences with this organization, and thus the remarkable young women who are recipients. The educational opportunities that are being provided to young indigenous women by Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation with small amounts of money is amazing and the women are so appreciative. The money goes so far. I would encourage you to find out more about Mujeres de Maiz and when you do you will want to participate any way you can. I believe that educating women makes a huge difference in their family and their community and this organization does just that.

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I particpated in taking the girls to an optometrist for eye exams, resulting in new glasses for most, interacting with them at their cooperative. At their invitation, a few of us went to the homes of a couple of the girls in the mountains, hiking up hills, thru cornfields & thus realizing what kind of dedication it takes for them to go to school as well as take care of all that needs to be done at home and in the fields.

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

find even more dedicated people to participate in fundraising!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled to Chiapas with my Grandmother (board member) and several other board members a few years ago to visit with the women of the cooperative and see the work that is being done by them and the foundation. I have gone on many cultural trips and this was by far the most rewarding, the Mujeres Foundation is inspirational in what they have been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time in Chiapas. I greatly enjoyed the meeting the women of the cooperative and was struck by their dedication to education and also to give back to their communities. I support this foundation regularly and would encourage others to do the same!

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

A lot

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Very Well

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2013

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I have been actively supporting this organization for only a few years and wish i'd started sooner! They work directly with the communities they have built relationships with, and they have a grassroots approach across the whole organization, from Chipas to here. Many of the board members are active in our local community on the Olympic Peninsula, and bring their professionalism, integrity and passion to their work with the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. My husband and I were so inspired by this this fantastic non profit, we started volunteering with its fundraising efforts, including the annual fundraisers, "Men with Guitars" and "El Día de los Muertos Dinner and Auction...fun times!

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

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful way to increase one's own knowledge and to find a way to assist indigenous women make the most out of their lives through higher education. There are no "middle men" involved. It is a very direct person to person contact, as well as a fine opportunity to see Chiapas.

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

A lot

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Quite well

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2009

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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

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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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

I respect the way this organization goes directly to the women of Chiapas and asks them what they need in order to succeed. The women and girls set their own goals. They're greatest desire is education for themselves and their children.

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Likely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this charity! It is small and intimate and it feels like you are making a huge difference in the lives of women in Chiapas. It also seems like almost all dollars are used to do good work and very little for overhead. Definitely a group worth being a part of or donating to.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled with the Mujeres de Maiz organization to southern Mexico in December 2011. It was a fantastic experience to watch the interaction between the members from the US and the people they served/helped in Mexico. It was apparant that there is affection and respect on both sides. I loved seeing the girls/women that were continuing their education because of this organization give back to their communities by conducting Saturday school with elementary age children. I could see the confidence these young women are gaining. I also appreciated that monies raised by the group go to the people served and not to admin/overhead costs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization, Mujeres de Maiz, reaches a part of the world that most people do not know exists. Chiapas is an area of Mexico next to Guatemala that has a large population of indigenous people who lack educational opportunities. Judith Pasco saw that the women who started a co-operative to improve their lives needed assistance. The money she raises goes directly to women to continue their education. These women usually remain in their villages to assist others, providing classes for children and adults, counseling, and market opportunities. This non-profit offers funding and advice, but does not dictate how the women should run their co-operative. It is a fine example of helping people help themselves for they know what is needed and what should be done in their culture.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The best experience is to go to Chiapas to begin to understand the area and the needs, which I did in 2008. The scholarship recipients were dedicated to their education and to their villages. The funding raised by Mujeres de Maiz can be traced directly to the recipients.

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

It is a very well run organization since it is small. There is nothing that needs changing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In December 2010 I had the pleasure of traveling to San Cristobal where I had a wonderful experience learning more about the work the Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation performs. The educational opportunities reach not only the local woman but the lessons learned are taken back to multiple states within Mexico. The outreach and focus to work with a culture and not change it was great to see. The foundation is truley there to support and educate. Mujeres De Maiz Opportunity Foundation might be a smaller organization but its ability to change so many lives it grand.

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When in Chiapas I spent time with the woman's co-operative where Mujeres De Maiz performed a language class and provided basic medical information about children. There is a trust that the people in the organization and the woman of the Co-op have. This comes from working so close together and the great care the organization has for the indigenous woman.

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

The work I have seen has been remarable. There isn't a change but rather a increase in support that would make the largest impact.

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