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Mujeres Tz'utujiles en la Web

Conociendo un poco sobre mi historia de vida y mi Trabajo con las mujeres en la Biblioteca .

Soy una mujer indígena de la etnia tz'utujil de 34 años de edad salì de la casa a estudiar desde muy pequeña en un instituto para mujeres indígenas, bajo la responsabilidad de religiosas de la congregación Bethlemitas,estudie tres años en este instituto,luego fui a la ciudad para seguir estudiando el diversificado, en una colegio que a la vez una casa hogar de niños huérfanos, donde tuve la experiencia de mi primer trabajo, la superiora me contrató para hacer tortillas para todas la alumnas de este colegio y me pagaba Q.300.00 mensuales y con esto yo pagaba mis estudios.
Asi fue cuando me nace la idea de ir apoyando a las niña, mujeres en general para enseñarles que en la vida se puede lograr cambios pero cuando hay voluntad de hacer las cosas bien, luego termine mis estudios y salì a buscar trabajo y de repente empece un diplomado en derechos humanos y allí conocí muchas personas que trabajan con mujeres en diferentes temas, asi fue cuando comencé a involucrarme en temas de mujeres, tengo mas o menos 10 años de experiencia con mujeres indígenas y no indígenas, facilitando procesos diferentes, tales como Violencia intrafamiliar, participación política y ciudadana, democracia, y actualmente con el tema de fomento económico, es donde tengo la experiencia de que las mujeres pueden construir y tejer vidas a través de sus negocio apoyando a la economía del hogar y al mismo tiempo dando educación a sus hijos y asi ellas, como un pilar fundamental en el seno de la familia van construyendo nuevas vidas a traves de sus ventas de tejidos de artesanía textil y con esto se ganan la vida diaria y desde la biblioteca comunitaria Rija' tzuul Na'ooj hemos trabajado el tema de formación en temas de negocio para que ellas puedan mejorar sus habilidades y como principal eje es de aprender a manejar las diferentes tipos de tecnología y hasta ahora están ellas teniendo sus propias vidas y experiencias en la web.

ya para los negocios es muy importante las tecnologías para hacer promociones y ventas hasta ahora encontramos mujeres con Facebook y correos electrónicos y que son herramientas importantes para los negocios en el mundo actual y globalizado siempre serán las tecnologías, para nosotros ha sido un proyecto de mucha relevancia porque hemos tenido la oportunidad de tener mujeres que no han tenido acceso a la educación formal y académica que a través de diálogos y materiales llamativos se han introducido en la web y uno de los lemas que hemos manejado en el Centro de Negocio que es donde ellas llegan a mejorar sus habilidades de negocio es "USTEDES MANEJAN LA MAQUINA Y NO LA MAQUINA A USTEDES NO LE TENGAN MIEDO A ELLAS" esto ha resultado muy bien en nuestra biblioteca ya que para nosotros ha sido un buen resultado ahora las mujeres dicen no solo nos sirven para nuestro negocio sino también sirve para apoyar a nuestros hijos en cuanto a su formación y también para controlar lo que ven el Internet.

Es así como se ha ido trabajando con las mujeres de San Juan la laguna y esto va relacionado con el nombre de la Biblioteca que es semilla de la Sabiduria en español y lo seguiremos siendo hasta que nuestro pueblo lo permita y al mismo tiempo Dios nos permite la vida.

les estarè contando historias de vidas de las mujeres usuarias de la biblioteca y el centro de negocio.

autora.

Juana Imelda Hernandez Mendoza

English translation by community member J.Buchanan

Tz’utujil Women Online

A little about my life story and my work with women at the library.

I am an indigenous woman of the Tz’utujil ethnic group. I am thirty-four years old and I began studying at an institution for indigenous women at a very young age. I spent three years at this school, under the direction of Bethlehemite nuns and then I went to the city for high school. This school was also a home for orphans. I had my first work experience making tortillas for all of the students at this school and I was paid about 300 quetzals a month. I paid my school fees with this money. This is when I got the idea that I wanted to help women, to teach them that they can effect change in their own lives when they want to. I later finished my studies and went to look for work. All of a sudden, I was working towards a certification in human rights and I got to know many people who worked with women on a variety of different topics. This is really when I began to work with women’s issues. I have about ten years experience working with indigenous and non-indigenous women on issues such as: familial violence, political participation, democracy, and now economic development. From my experience, women can build lives through their own businesses and can contribute to household finances and at the same time can educate their children. These women act as a fundamental part of their homes and can earn a livelihood by selling artisanal textiles. With the Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Library, we have trained women ins business skills so they can improve their skills with the objective of teaching them about technology in order to expose them to the Internet.

Technology is very important for sales and we have come across women who can help us using Facebook and email. The world today is globalized and technology will always play an important part. There have also been important projects that aim to teach women who haven’t had a formal education about the Internet and business skills. With the bureau of commerce we have led a project called “You Use the Machine, the Machine Does Not Use You—Do Not Be Afraid.” This was very successful and has helped women improve their own skills and has allowed them to pass on skills learned to their children.

This is what I have done with the women of San Juan la Laguna. The name of the library means “seed of knowledge” and we will pursue this goal as long as we are able.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

kellyannaustin's picture

gracias

Juana,

Gracias por informarnos sobre uno de los aspectos fundamentales en el manejo de la red, oportunidades economicas. Ya se aparece tantas oportunidades de crear y aprender de mercados nuevos antes desconocidos en comunidades lejos de centros de comercio. Y que también puedan utilizar las mismas herramientas para crear oportunidades escolásticas para los ninos, bueno ya es una intervención tremenda.

Suerte y fortaleza,

Kelly

martha llano's picture

Saludo desde Colombia

Querida Juana,

Gracias por comenzar a hacer parte de Worldpulse, un maravilloso lugar donde encontrarás más que una red, una linda familia.

Aprecio que compartas tu trabajo e ideas acá con nosotros.

Un fuerte abrazo

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

J.Buchanan's picture

Translation

“Tz’utujil Women Online”

A little about my life story and my work with women at the library.

I am an indigenous woman of the Tz’utujil ethnic group. I am thirty-four years old and I began studying at an institution for indigenous women at a very young age. I spent three years at this school, under the direction of Bethlehemite nuns and then I went to the city for high school. This school was also a home for orphans. I had my first work experience making tortillas for all of the students at this school and I was paid about 300 quetzals a month. I paid my school fees with this money. This is when I got the idea that I wanted to help women, to teach them that they can effect change in their own lives when they want to. I later finished my studies and went to look for work. All of a sudden, I was working towards a certification in human rights and I got to know many people who worked with women on a variety of different topics. This is really when I began to work with women’s issues. I have about ten years experience working with indigenous and non-indigenous women on issues such as: familial violence, political participation, democracy, and now economic development. From my experience, women can build lives through their own businesses and can contribute to household finances and at the same time can educate their children. These women act as a fundamental part of their homes and can earn a livelihood by selling artisanal textiles. With the Rija’tzuul Na’ooj Library, we have trained women ins business skills so they can improve their skills with the objective of teaching them about technology in order to expose them to the Internet.

Technology is very important for sales and we have come across women who can help us using Facebook and email. The world today is globalized and technology will always play an important part. There have also been important projects that aim to teach women who haven’t had a formal education about the Internet and business skills. With the bureau of commerce we have led a project called “You Use the Machine, the Machine Does Not Use You—Do Not Be Afraid.” This was very successful and has helped women improve their own skills and has allowed them to pass on skills learned to their children.

This is what I have done with the women of San Juan la Laguna. The name of the library means “seed of knowledge” and we will pursue this goal as long as we are able.

J.Buchanan's picture

Buen trabajo y buena suerte

Me parace que uste ha hecho un trabajo muy importante a mejorar la calidad de vida de las mujeres indígenas de su communidad. Quiero desearle buena suerte.

Kadidia's picture

Congratulations!

Juana Imelda,

You are a strong woman and the female community worldwide needs women like you, willing to empower other women. Thank you so much for sharing your story on the Worldpulse platform. You're teaching that one does not need so much financial means or human support to do the right thing for her community.
You're a role model and please keep us informed of your activities.
God bless you for all you're doing for women.

Kadidia Doumbia

Tam's picture

The power of one caring woman

Hello Juana Imelda,

It warms my heart to read of all you have done and continue to do in your homeland. Your story is an inspiration of all that is possible when one woman cares, and a reminder that the world's resources need to be shared more equally. You show the importance of making sure that actions lead to the empowerment of women by providing both a place to meet and talk, and also a way to earn a livelihood.
Your work is that mix of encouragement and practical. Congratulations on the training you are doing through the Rija'tzuul Library. I love the name of your project, encouraging women not to be afraid to handle tools, and also the name of your library, recognizing the power of the seed. May your beautiful seed continue to grow. We are all stronger, knowing you are there.

With love in Sisterhood,

Tam

Juana,

I love this slogan, I think so many people who have not used a computer before are afraid of using one due to negative comments they have heard from others. It is nice to read that you along with your community library and government have created a place for women to gather and learn important skills to help change their lives. I also liked reading that these women are taking this new knowledge and passing it onto their children, planting the seeds of knowledge in the next generation.

Kristina

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