Who are we?
Unmarked Streets is a non-profit that works with women and for women. We provide them with opportunities to achieve economic independence.
In Guatemala, many women do not have the option of working a traditional job to feed their family. Many of the large companies in Guatemala City refuse to hire women so they're forced into the informal economy, where the pay is low, unreliable, and the work is often dangerous.
We create pathways for women to lift their families from poverty to prosperity, through education and sustainable income. We train women to create eco-friendly products using skills like sewing, quilting, and jewelry making. We use this as a platform to teach the participants about business and entrepreneurship. By learning skills like sales, marketing, quality control, and communication, the women in the program build the foundation to become successful entrepreneurs or get a job and become valuable employees.
What do we do?
Where do we work?
Guatemala is located in Central America. It is known as the Land of Eternal Spring because the weather is always warm. It is surrounded by volcanoes, mountains, rivers and endless forests and jungles. Over 60% of the population is indigenous Mayan and 51% of the families live in extreme poverty. Guatemala has the highest rate of malnutrition in the Western hemisphere for children under the age of five.
Who do we work with?
From the day they are born, women are denied education and taught to do as they are told. Little girls are never asked what they want to be when they grow up, they are simply expected to serve the men in their lives. These little girls then turn into women and teach their daughters the same thing. At UMS we encourage women to dream about what role they could play in their community and the world as we give them the boost of confidence they need to imagine how their lives could be better.