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Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation

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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 2018, we will be welcoming 24 girls and women on scholarship. Four of these scholarships are new, the rest are continuing. As of now, 5 recipients have completed university, and this year 4 are currently at the university level. We strongly believe that even one or two years of additional education opens up possibilities and empowers women. The 8 children's programs that are operating were conceived and run by the scholarship recipients as a way to give back to their communities. These programs strengthen academic skills, develop creativity and foster environmental stewardship. . We fund workshops, for the bi-monthly meetings of members of the cooperative. We also fund three 1 1/2-day workshops per year that focus on the scholarship recipients. We provide eye exams and glasses to all members of the cooperative . We have donated a laptop to each community, 3 laptops to the women's center and we buy new laptops as needed. In the past 5 years, completed projects include: the purchase of a building that serves as the women's center in San Cristobal de Las Casas; a project that provided 20 families with eco-friendly latrines; and an adult literacy program that lasted 6 years in a remote community. In our 13 years of working with this weaving cooperative, we have seen that women and girls have found their voice, value their opinions, value their work, and are assuming leadership roles in the cooperative and in their communities. The scholarship recipients serve as role models for the younger girls. More and more are postponing marriage and having children until a much later age than before.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 150

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

Programs: Scholarships, Zinacantan Chilren's program, Crucero Saturday Children's Program, Altamirano Children's Program, Ocosingo Children's Program, Huixtan Children's Program, Naranjal Children's Program, Las Ollas Children's Program, Yajalon Children's Program, Eye exams and glasses, Computers, 20 eco-friendly latrines (completed), Twice a year toothbrushes and paste, Workshops

Community Stories

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

At the November fundraiser letters from several of the scholarship recipients were read. Those in attendance were quiet as the words of appreciation touched their hearts. The work of the Mujeres deMaiz Opportunity Foundation is invaluable. It changes lives for the better - and not just the lives of the women and girls in Chiapas, Mexico. It changes the lives of all who support this organization. I am grateful to be one of those supporters.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation has a proven track record of living their mission to empower indigenous women in Chiaps by providing access to education. Many of the girls who have become educated have passed along what they have learned to other women and girls. Like a pebble in a stream, the effect continues to spread. There is a definite impact. As the women are educated they get stronger as individuals and as a community. I was amazed by how organized the women are who are running the workshops in Chiapas; their documentation is quite in-depth and shows their dedication and focus. For years I have been a general supporter of the Mujeres group. Now, as a new board member, I get to support the organization at a deeper level. It is refreshing to recognize and be a small part of the ripple.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We traveled to Chiapas with Judith, visited "her gals", are fully convinced of the good the organization does, and have contributed financially ever since. Highly recommend it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are very few small non-profits like this who place an emphasis on literacy programs and providing scholarships for educating indigenous girls starting in 6th grade. I am blessed to have met Yolanda (Yoli), the first scholarship recipient in 2006, and visit her home several years later. She completed her university degree in 2013 and was the only indigenous representative from Mexico at the United Nations Youth Forum last year! I am honored to support them this little organization who is making a powerful difference not only in these young women's lives and communities, but in our world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have continued to be a board member of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation because I embrace the goals, Integrity and work of the organization. I have seen firsthand the effects of improved educational opportunities in the lives of those in the communities of the girls and women of Chiapas.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that Mujeres de Maiz is a fantastic organization because it supports indigenous women and young girls in a country dominated by both machismo and racism. The support is given in a way so that the women can carry out their dreams without leaving their homeland and in a way so that they stay in their culture. I have personally visited Chiapas and seen the work done by this organization first-hand.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jeg har fulgt Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation gennem nogle år. Jeg må sige at deres arbejde har gjort et stort indtryk på mig. For det første synes jeg det er virkelig genialt at hjælpe mennesker som forbliver i deres eget miljø og deres egen kultur. For det andet kræves der at de mennesker som får hjælp, selv skal gøre en indsats, således at det bliver muligt for dem at realisere nogle af deres drømme. For det tredie er det meget vigtigt at det er piger og kvinder der bliver hjulpet, så det måske er muligt at nedbryde nogle af machosamfundets barrierer. Bestyrelsen i Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation gør et stort og uselvisk arbejde, og har samtidig forstået at organisere indsatsen ved hjælp af lokale, meget effektive medarbejdere.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to Mujeres de Maiz because of my work with women and girls overseas. MdM gives more value for the donation than any I’m aware of. And their work is first rate. Grassroots efforts are the most effective in creating change, and empowering women and girls is the most effective means.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fabulous nonprofit the educated women and girls in Chiapas, Mexico. I was introduced to this group a few years ago and have volunteered at various fundraising events that they have hosted. I hope for continued support for this nonprofit in the coming year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the founders of this amazing organization for many years. My husband and I, many friends and I believe some local organizations support them. We have attended their fundraisers, which as well as being great social occasions, provide lots of information and updates, pics and films, about their work and the achievements of many of the women and children in Chiapas, where the foundation operates. I can't over-emphasize the importance of the work they do, in lifting up the very poor people of this region, providing training, health assistance, education and so much more support. Every birthday, I ask my husband that my gift be a donation to them in my name. These are a capable, dedicated group of people.

Donor

Rating: 5

This fabulous group of women truly saw a need and addressed it with all of their hearts. Their organization and dedication to the indigenous women and girls of Chiapas is amazing. The reports, photos and stories of the successes of the women with their schooling and cooperative businesses have kept the community the founding women hail from engaged and supportive. We all look forward to fundraising events to hear more. We feel like we are touching the lives of the girls and women, like we are really a part of their lives. The organization is a model to be copied and shared.

Eric R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked directly with Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, helping with events and even traveling to Mexico to experience for myself the great work this organization accomplishes. The time spent in Mexico, visiting the communities supported by the Foundation was wonderful. The communities had full trust in the representatives and were eager to share their experiences. Mujeres de Maiz is an excellent non-profit. Not only do they provide education and other resources to the communities and children, the donations received go directly towards supporting their continued work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

With many years of experience with this fine non-profit, I can say that the money raised and sent to the young women in Chiapas is used very efficiently. All the recipients earn their scholarship money by doing required community service projects such as early childhood education projects in their home communities. For many of the recipients, the results have been life - changing in very positive ways. I'm proud to be a part of this foundation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It's impressive to see how many of the girls and young women have grown in confidence and maturity having participated in the programs sponsored by Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation. Some of the most shy, timid girls have gone on to lead educational projects in their own communities.

It makes me proud to be a part of this worthwhile organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with and a donor of "Mujeres" for nearly 10 years now, and have been to San Csristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, and surrounding communities, several times. The work that this small group of dedicated and passionate people do is amazing. The education of the indigenous girls /women is making a difference in their world and ours . The children growing up with mothers who are educated past the 4th grade and some into university, are finding worth and value in themselves that they may not have otherwise. The education and community that has been built had provided worth beyond imagination. This is indeed a worthy organization! (Obviously my "word for this day" is Worth and well deserved!)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The results of the work that happens from this organization has been astounding to see over the years. Several of the original scholarship recipients have gone on to university and have brought back their knowledge to the communities and have gone on to provide more education to their small communities. The seeds have been planted and have flourished due to our original support and the opportunities provided to the indigenous women. I LOVE supporting this organization!

Cathy V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I went to Chiapas to see how the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation works: who the recipients are, how they live, what they do with the opportunities they are given. I saw poor, indigenous girls who had few prospects for a better life until they got more education and I saw how they used what they learned to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities when they had the opportunity to continue with their schooling.
Later, I joined the board of directors and I have become even more impressed. This is a well-run organization that has a much bigger impact than you would expect from a small non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Mujeres de Maiz (women of corn) Opportunity Foundation for a number of years, beginning with a trip to Chiapas with the founder and board chairman, Judith Pasco, where we visited the programs supported by the foundation. I later joined the board of directors. Volunteers and supporters raise money to help pay for education for indigenous women and children in the poorest state in Mexico. I have seen how these women live, been to their homes and eaten with them, and I have seen what a difference education makes for them and for their families and communities. The ripple effect of education for women is impressive, and Mujeres helps make it happen in an efficient and cost-effective way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Clearly dedicated volunteers continue to lead, guide and help this non-profit in providing opportunities for young women in Chiapas to achieve great things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mujeres de Maiz is the kind of organization my husband and I like to support...instead of just handing out money, Mujeres changes lives by enabling and encouraging the indigenous women of Chiapas, Mexico, to get an education and, thus, better their lives as well as the lives of their children. Sandy Reed

Board Member

Rating: 5

For many years I've been impressed with the effectiveness and positive impact that this organization has on the lives of young women in Chiapas. Supporting this organization helps to deliver cost-effective assistance to those who wish to continue their education, and has made a real, tangible difference in the lives of many already. Even more, in recent years the kind of support has expanded to include providing eye exams and eyeglasses, supporting educational workshops, and much more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed getting to help with the annual Mujeres de Maiz dinner over the years. It is always great food, a fun event, educational, and best of all helps provide educational opportunities for women in Chiapas.

Liam D A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thirty years ago, we travelled through Chiapis and were impressed by the beauty, culture, crafts, people and complex politics of the area. A few decades later, we learned a group of our neighbors and friends had formed a foundation to support immediate needs and empower the women, children and communities of Chiapis. Although the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation is a few individuals, their impact has been large and local. Our community in Washington state learns about foundation's efforts and accomplishments as we provide support to our neighbors serving the foundation.
The women and families reached by Mujeres' programs demonstrate success and brighten the future for their local communities. In this case, small is truly beautiful - a small group of dedicated volunteers through Mujeres has been amazingly effective in enhancing the beauty we and people of Chiapis experience in our lives.

Margot H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the organization and amazed with all they do one on one. I look forward to the annual dinner as we get to hear the latest news and see photos of the women we are helping.
Margot Hewitt - Sequim

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Donor

Rating: 5

A true ""local" success story that shows how much a few dedicated people can accomplish.
I look forward to the annual fund raising dinners and the inspiring reports and slides from their most recent trip to Chiapas.
I hope to become more involved in the future.
Margot Hewitt

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization uses every donated dollar better than any non-profit I know which is important to me when I consider donating to important causes.

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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.