Jeannie Balanda


Name: Jeannie Balanda

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Indigenous women in Guatemala are poor because they do not have skills to find jobs in the formal sector. Girls do not complete their education because, when family resources are limited, priority is given to educating boys. This cycle of women's poverty continues from generation to generation. MayaWorks trains women and creates work so they become financially independent and able to support their families. When women earn an income, they invest 90% of it in their families. Sending their daughters to school becomes a priority.