Unidas Para Vivir Mejor (UPAVIM) aims to empower women in Guatemalan communities, providing them the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives, for themselves and for their families. We strive to achieve this goal by giving women access to education, employment opportunities, daycare services for their children, healthcare services, and personal and professional development programs. We are a group of 75 women who live in marginalized communities of Villa Nueva. We are mothers and homemakers; some are widows or abandoned by husbands, while others are confronting alcoholism or domestic violence in families. Many of us are sole financial providers for our families. Our group started the organization in 1988, partnering with a Sister Parish group in Bemidji, Minnesota. This partnership initially resulted in the development of a dental clinic program, and later spurred us to create products to sell for income to generate funds for more programs. We soon began a handicrafts business, and made it our goal to sell to both national and international markets. These efforts have given us the opportunity to become self-sustaining.