We empower marginalized communities…

Our partner organizations have emerged from some of the world’s most marginalized groups – Mayan women and children in Guatemala and Mexico – and they combat some of the world’s most immobilizing forces – educational and economic inequality.

…by supporting local grassroots organizations.

It is our goal to support these grassroots organizations however we can. For them, we are both an international collaborator and a local partner, and we ensure that they have access to 21st-century tools, research, and fundraising options. In our long term relationships with our partners, we empower them to grow in ways that only they can imagine.

Where We Work

Chiapas, Mexico

Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala


Our Partners

Educational Empowerment

La Puerta Abierta LibraryLa Puerta Abierta Library and Learning Center (‘Open Door’ in Spanish) offers creative learning opportunities to Santiago Atitlán children through preschool and kindergarten classes, after school enrichment programs, reading hours, homework help, and a traveling library which spreads the joy of reading to the most remote parts of Santiago.

Yo'onik Learning CenterYo’onik Learning Center (‘Heart’ in Tzotzil Mayan) provides homework help and an interactive learning environment for children in Zinacantán, Chiapas. The center also gives scholarships to secondary and preparatory school students in exchange for facilitating classes for younger students, and sponsors a teen photography project that recently completed a Spanish-Tsotsil ABC book for local literacy.

The Secondary School Scholarship ProgramThe Secondary School Scholarship Program supports high-achieving students in Santiago Atitlán who cannot otherwise afford to continue their education after sixth grade. The program commits to funding students through graduation and provides tutoring to ensure they succeed. Along the way, the students complete weekly community service and recieve life-skills training to help them achieve their goals.

Economic Empowerment

Mujeres Sembrando la VidaMujeres Sembrando la Vida (‘Women Sowing Life’ in Spanish) is a collective of artisans that create traditionally woven and embroidered textile products designed for modern markets.  Members of the collective have access to internally-managed loans that help individual artisans grow their capacity to respond to large orders. Mujeres Sembrando la Vida provides continuous educational support for the women in their collective, ensuring that the members have the skills necessary for financial stability and success. MSV is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Just ApparelJust Apparel is an embroidery cooperative in Santiago Atitlán that offers its members the opportunity to earn fair wages for their work by connecting them directly to U.S. customers. Just Apparel produces custom embroidered sweatshirts, polos, and tote bags as well as traditional handicrafts. Just Apparel is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.