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November 23, 2011

Today Rosa Luc Miza is graduating from her school with a degree as an intercultural bi-lingual teacher. Rosa Luc studied at a school that focused on preparing young teachers. At her school she learned, “One ought to get along with everyone equally without discriminatio...

November 7, 2011

In the United States, November is a time to give thanks. For the young women of the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund it is also a time of thanks- as well as a time to enjoy their accomplishments. November is a time of graduation in Guatemala and the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund celebr...

October 20, 2011

In honor of the International Day of Rural Women, which occurred last Saturday, on October 15th, we are sharing these findings from Catherine Bertini, the Chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a member of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls.

In “Girls Grow:...

September 27, 2011

María Delfina Sotz Catú

Age: 21 years old

Education: Business Secretary and Nursing Assistant

María Delfina Sotz Catú works as a nurse in one of the state’s largest hospitals, which serves people from all over the region, many with illnesses that require a specialist’s at...

September 13, 2011

Guatemala has 23 officially recognized regional languages. While Spanish is the country’s official language, Spanish is a second language for many indigenous Guatemalans. Often the only time many of the indigenous young women speak or write Spanish is at school. In Jul...

September 9, 2011

According to Minority Rights Group International, in urban areas, 55% of urban indigenous women are literate. In rural areas, literacy rates are even lower with only 35% of indigenous women literate.

Given the low income levels in rural indigenous communities, a lack of...

September 5, 2011

Juana Alicia Catú Sajcabún

Education: Primary Eduation Teacher

Alicia Catú studied English, which she viewed as important for her education and to her career. Today, she works as a receptionist in a private hospital inGuatemala City. She enjoys interacting with many peop...

August 30, 2011

Name: María Humbelina Cúmez Bal

Age: 36

Education: Office Secretary

María Humbelina used to work as a nanny in her community. Now she is the secretary for a women’s committee that runs a non-governmental organization that supports women’s development. Her degree focused o...

August 26, 2011

Juana Quiacain Petzey

Age: 34

Education: Primary School Urban Education

Juana works for a non-governmental organization as a Social Advocate in San Pedro La Laguna. Juana likes caring for children, and enjoys the responsibility that comes with doing a job well. Her life i...

August 22, 2011

Gladys Macario Mux


Age: 20


Education: Accounting

Today, Gladys Macario Mux works in a business, where she buys and sells materials to make elaborate güipiles, which are then distributed to people that need them.

She used to work as an accountant for a small company where...

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