Indigenous women in Guatemala are the most vulnerable to fall into poverty. Only one in 10 indigenous women do paid work and they normally get paid less than men and non-indigenous women.
Traditional practices inhibit girls from attending schools. They are expected to stay at home and help with childcare and household chores. According to the Population Council, 39% of all indigenous women in the country are illiterate.
But several innovative aid and education programs are targeting women in indigenous areas, helping to bring them out of poverty with astounding results.