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Dear Women: Welcome to Biblioteca ASIVESCA!

We are located in Cabañas, Zacapa, Guatemala please call me if any questions on how to get here: 502 5565 9961 or

The Library Team will kindly host and guide you through our books and one computer with access to the internet. We love helping out to do new research on many topics.
Sharing information on recent research done through our projects is also one of our goals.

We promote human development in the areas of education and environment. Our guatemalan semiarid region is rich on nature resources and we have learned some interesting facts we would like to let you know.

Here we very much respect your privacy and safety. Please feel free to come and work on your own once you are confortable to access the information you requiere.

Hope to see you soon!

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



Dear Annie,

I was so interested to read about the library and I'm writing to make sure you know about our World Pulse partner, Beyond Access. Beyond Access is a global movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive economic and social development. Beyond Access encourages dialogue, assembles a community, and facilitates partnerships. They also create and curate resources, and provide services and opportunities for libraries and community organizations, development practitioners, and to donors and all levels of government. You can find out more about them at this url:

In order to be eligible for the opportunity to connect with others who support community development through libraries, you must submit to all three phases of World Pulse’s 2014 Women Weave the Web Campaign. You can find out more information about the campaign here, It would be fabulous to have your voice join others as we think through issues around digital access in all its complexity. And the role libraries play in this question would be a good place to start! Here are a couple of the prompts, but you can find more by following the above link:

What challenges keep you or women in your community from logging on and participating fully online?

What solutions are you creating to make the Internet more accessible to women in your community?

As you may know, there is also a prize that will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. The prize will include the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize title, a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City. You can find more on the website,

The deadline to submit to the first phase is March 31st!

Wishing you peace,


Dear Annie,

I am very glad you are able to offer this great resource for your community! Thank you for your important work.

In hope and peace,
Ann Fishburn

Nabiye Tal's picture


Dear Annie,
I enjoyed reading about what you are doing, you are doing a wonderful job with the Library. I wish you success and fulfilment as women access your library and the internet through your library. Keep the flag flying.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Barbara Alago's picture

Thanks Annie

Dear Ana,

I believe that this is a very exciting and fulfilling experience, when I am in the library helping users to access the information they need to write a paper, project report or proposal, I get the sense of fulfillment unlike any other. Thank you for the service you are providing to the community.



Leslie Stoupas's picture

Great resource

Dear Ana,

It is exciting to read about this rich resource you are making available to your community. I hope you will share some stories with us as you continue to reach out to others and bring them into the library. It is wonderful that you are not only encouraging the use of the library, but that you also hope to help others become independent using it. You are giving your community members wings!

Leslie Stoupas

Julia O'Byrne's picture

Yeah for libraries!

Hola Annie!
Your library - and the library team - sounds wonderful! And you have the internet there which is a great bonus and resource! Libraries can be such great meeting points for people to work, study, research and converse. Somehow those activities seem better when carried out in a place where books live :) I also like how you care about your library users' safety and privacy. You sound like a terrific librarian! I hope you'll share information from your research in the future.

Best wishes,

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