Unlocking and maximizing the potential of young women to lead transformational change 


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 Photo by Livvy Runyon

Photo by Livvy Runyon

Guatemala has the highest level of gender inequity in the Western Hemisphere. Young indigenous women in rural areas face the greatest barriers to education and opportunity.

By being born into situations of quadruple discrimination (female, poor, rural, and Mayan), this group faces a variety of daunting obstacles such as lack of access to a quality education, an absence of resources in their native languages, and misogynistic social norms that place little value on the rights of girls and women.

That's why we launched the MAIA Impact School, the first female, indigenous-led secondary school in Central America that offers a holistic education focused equally on academics, culture and identity, socioemotional development, and family engagement. We believe the world needs empowered women with the knowledge and resources to live choice-filled lives, so they can in turn lead their families and communities out of poverty. Together, they can create a more equitable society.

To ensure that the ambitious young women in the MAIA program are able to connect their talents with opportunities, we are developing a network of public, private, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners. This network provides a platform for these entities to collaborate in order to share best practices, co-design innovation, and lead sustainable local development. We believe that an open-sourced policy and an abundance mindset amongst our network partners will  lead to systemic change in Guatemala. And, because we don’t accept the notion of incremental change, we’re constantly reiterating and advancing our model to most effectively intervene at the roots of the problems faced by our demographic. The world can't wait any longer for girls and women to reach their full potential.