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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 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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met and got to know Judith Pasco over 20 years ago on a global education trip to Nicaragua. It is clear to me that this non profit was founded with soul, compassion, intelligence, understanding and most important a great respect for the integrity of the people it supports and serves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every non-profit begins with a visionary but not every non profit grows into a very efficient manager of donor dollars and outreach. I have watched Mujeres de Maiz OF continue to grow the right way. They keep their focus on the women of Chiapas while inspiring American donors to get involved. I recommend supporting this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alternative Gifts International has partnered with Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for the women of the Chiapas region. Mujeres de Maiz OF is a trusted partner with a solid business plan and a focused mission. Our donor base has been very supportive of their mission. Their work to improve the lives of women through education and support networks is a worthwhile mission to support. We have personally met with the leadership of Mujeres de Maiz OF and we have confidence in their business model and mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mujeres De Maiz (MDM) organization and AGI have worked together over the past 3 years. Their work in Chiapas Mexico is making a positive impact in the lives of so many indigenous women and girls. Their passion and drive for the work they do there is inspiring to us!