Offering a hand-up, not a hand-out.
Empowered women build strong families and communities. For nearly two decades, the Association of Mam Christian Women for Development has been serving women of the Mam indigenous group in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. These women are among the most vulnerable and marginalized in Guatemalan society.
Why? Because they are indigenous, poor, and female.
The Association’s mission is to elevate these women through educational, agricultural, and business-related projects so that they can, in turn, support the growth of their families and communities. Spirit-filled and fully engaged in their development, these women set their own priorities, hold leadership positions, and elect a Board of Directors in their 500-member Association. Rosario Diaz, a midwife and social worker, serves as their coordinator.
Development isn’t just a name, it’s a guiding principle that drives the group’s daily work and vision for the future. Through its holistic approach, the Association helps women develop in four major areas: health, education, spiritual ties, and income-earning power.
Each program is important, but alone, insufficient. Together, these programs lead to true and invaluable development—the powerful realization of each woman’s God-given gifts and potential. All projects are self-directed, self-sustaining, and designed to offer a hand-up, not a hand-out.