“On the 14th day of Christmas….” Christmas is a time of community and few know the true meaning of working in community like ADEMI.
Who are they?
ADEMI – Asociacion de Mujeres Ixpiyakok – is one of the first organisations we have come across which is 100% created, and fully managed by, women who have chosen to take action for themselves. They organise groups of women in a community around thematic issues – from health education, nutrition, and agriculture, to small loans. In a country where chronic malnutrition affects 8 in 10 children in indigenous communities, and a region that the international community seems to have forgotten – the topics around which ADEMI organises often represent the only chance women have to reverse this reality.
Why we like them?
An organisation that is for Mayan women by Mayan women. They are guided by a board which rotates members from their communities to ensure all voices are represented. And their programmes are lead by women leaders from their community. Where else have you seen an organisation who is governed by the very people it serves?! Love it.
Why should you support ADEMI?
ADEMI believes in the potential of Mayan women and has succeeded in giving their peers opportunities to learn, grow, and take control of their own lives. All this despite the marginalisation that indigenous communities continue to face, a male-dominated society, and a country still recovering from civil war. This is an organisation that isn’t waiting for assistance, but rather one that continues to fight for their own betterment and empowerment, regardless of the challenges on their path.
See our assessment info-sheet for more information on how well they operate.
Why does ADEMI think you should support them?
This photograph represents an 18-year-old lady from the community of Cojobal, Patzun, Chimaltenango.