Guatemala: Empowerment

Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC)

CCFC’s 25-day leadership training workshop for young women accepts 160 students each fall. CCFC has seen the difference a 25-day leadership workshop can make in the lives of young Mayan women. They are also proud that so many who go through the workshop choose to continue in school with the support of a CCFC agroecology work-study scholarship. These opportunities change the lives of young women and have a positive impact on their entire village and the ecological health of their region.

The dropout rate for girls matriculating from 6th to 7th grade in this area is higher than 75%. WALC participants from this same demographic have a less than 5% dropout rate. This is the amazing difference that the WALC leadership training workshop and a WALC scholarship can make.