Maria was working as a volunteer in the Municipal Women’s Affairs Office in Chiantla, Huehuetenango when she became a Fellow. In this position, she worked to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and literacy in her community. She has also participated in the organization “Mother Jungle” (Madre Selva) as facilitator of a workshop called “The Stars of Today,” that focused on young women living in rural Chiantla, Huehuetenango. This workshop covered issues around the environment, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy relationships. Maria’s dreams for her community are to end transmission of sexually transmitted infections and prevent teenage pregnancies. Maria was 18 years old and was one of the youngest fellows when she first became involved in the GOJoven program.
- Lidia Esther Hoil PootLidia is a young indigenous leader who speaks Maya and Spanish, is deeply attached to her culture, and wishes to work for the betterment of women in her community. She has participated in trainings about youth leadership provided by the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples....