In 2016 we began our educational scholarship program for children of the women weavers. Yabal gives 8-10 educational scholarships to equal number of boys and girls each year so that they can attend middle school and high school. This money helps cover the costs of transportation to and from school, school uniforms and supplies, tuition, and inscription fees. We also offer free housing in our Xela offices to one of the youth from the community, a recipient of a prestigious music scholarship in the city, while he finishes his last year of high school.
Our women weavers dream of giving their kids something that they never had- an education. The women and their families understand that an education will be able to give their children better options for the future. Sadly, because of the prohibitive costs of education for rural communities in Guatemala, many families are not able to send all of their children to school. In some cases, they only have the resources for one, if any, of their children to finish high school and the others are only able to complete 6th grade. Because of this, Yabal uses funds to invest in education and help these families provide a better, more sustainable, future for the next generation.