Guatemala: Mayan Women and Mayan Girls
Asking Mayan women what they need, boiled down to the bare minimum, they said...
A small concrete or adobe house.
Money for corn for tortillas. When there isn't money, people cut back to eating just tortillas and salt.
To take care of their children, and animals if they have any.
A backstrap loom to make weavings to sell to get money.
A small sustenance garden to grow vegetables for the family.
One of the biggest challenges to women's self esteem after Hurricane Stan was that they lost their traditional clothing, and were walking around in sweat pants and t-shirts that were sent as hurricane relief. It was important for them to get back to weaving, so they had traditional clothes to wear again.
And then there are the girls. It started at the pool today when a couple of gringas "fell" in with their passports, cell phones and money stuffed in their pockets. They invited the Mayan girls in. "Go ask your mothers," they said. And the girls did. And in they went, with their underwear on. And the gringas and the girls had great fun in the pool, splashing and playing.
These are girls who live next to a lake. And they said they'd never been in the water before. I think they may remember the crazy gringas well into their adulthood.