We empower individuals to take advantage of opportunities and change their communities through constructive action.

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We specialize in creating synergistic programming initiatives that foster partnerships between communities, faith based, development and academic organizations.

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We are an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, activists, community leaders, academics, and professionals all working together with a vision of empowerment.

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Highland Support Project

The mission of the Highland Support Project is to innovate transformational models of development that break cycles of dependency. We understand poverty as a process rather than a state of being. A process can be associated with a place, and if you change a certain process, you will see different results.

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The Highland Support Project designed an innovative program for the Association of Highland Women to assist rural women obtain access to international markets.   The House of Design Pixan received a grant from the Inter American Foundation (IAF) in Octoer, 2010.   This grant will allow Pixan to coordiante the development of technical abilities of artisans in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.   The Pixan program will continue the transformational methodology focusing on self-esteem, education, civic participation and free enterprise development. The grant … read more

Did you know that you can use mugwort to help with menstrual pains, or the ‘cola de caballo’ plan to cleanse the blood of toxins? These are just some fo the techniques that been passed down in highland Maya communities for generations. Valuable knowledge is quickly fading away faster then it can be documented leaving Indigenous communities with no alternative to Western medicine. Hilda Chanchavac, the coordinator of AMA’s appropriate Health Program, has recently assisted 17 midwives and 15 health … read more

Llanos del Pinal, Sector 13, Guatemala.  What began two and a half years ago as a series of health and nutrition cooking classes in sixteen of the Asociacion de Mujeres del Altiplano’s (AMA) rural, indigenous women’s circles has flourished into a organic farming pilot project with visions to grow into a vessel of self sufficiency and independent business enterprise for the women involved over the next five years. The AMA health and nutrition project commenced in response to shocking rates … read more

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day here in HSP-AMA we wanted to dedicate this month to all of the inspirational women involved in AMA. Here are some of their stories- Vilma’s Story Vilma (23) lives with her husband and their two children in her mother-in-law’s home in the community of Xecaracoj. Since joining AMA’s Women’s Circle Vilma’s life has been transformed.  She was involved in the production of an order of 300 handbags for export and most recently in … read more