Association Mayalan is made up of 14 community groups representing 3 linguistic groups - Quiche, Mam, Kakchiquel - located in the departments of Solola, Quiche, Retalhuleu, Huehuetenango. Its membership is 62% women, 38% men. The majority of the women are illiterate and many are widowed from the violence of the 80s. General problems found in these communities are poor food, inadequate housing, poor health, no opportunity for education, migration to fincas, high rate of infant mortality. The Association Mayalan works in 4 program areas:
- Promotion of Women
- Cultural Identity
- Productive Projects
- Medicinal Plants
Members of Mayalan participate in a Mayan ceremony during an educational trip to visit Tikal.