Just like the rest of the world, Guatemala has seen a growing demand for beauty services, creating lucrative opportunities for employment throughout the country. Unfortunately, established beauty schools in Guatemala currently have very specific requirements of their students, including a high-school education, the ability to read and write, and the ability to pay substantial school fees. In a country where illiteracy levels amongst rural indigenous women barely reach 65%, the industry remains virtually inaccessible.
We want to change this. Last year, Mayan Families launched an innovative training scheme to teach local indigenous women the art of manicures and pedicures without the formal requirements often asked in other training schemes. We have now opened a fully functioning salon which is able to meet the growing demand for tourists and locals alike who regularly visit Panajachel. It is the first of its kind within the region in that it selects women who have no formal education (and who are often in desperate economic circumstances) to be trained from scratch by experienced beauticians from the US as well as Guatemala.
Currently, our Spa offers training and services in:
- Nail Art/Acrylics
The Spa is open for business and plans to be self sufficient by the end of 2014; however it is still very much in need of financial support to pay for training materials and equipment. We require $400 a month in order to keep the school and spa functioning.
There are several ways that you can support this new initiative:
- Send a general donation to the Beauty Salon Program
- If you are in Panajachel, drop in and test out the skills of our new students! We are located just outside the main Mayan Families building.
If you would like more information about the Beauty School Project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.