Maria Jose — or “MJ” — is originally from Guatemala City and is Cultiva’s administrative director. She has a law degree and is also a sworn translator and interpreter. She keeps Cultiva legal and legit with governing authorities in Guatemala. Prior to joining Cultiva she worked with the United Nations, World Vision, Compassion International and has interfaced with numerous other NGO and humanitarian organizations in Guatemala and internationally.
In Cultiva MJ found the organization she was looking for to bring about real and lasting change in her country. “When I first read about Cultiva,” she wrote, “I knew that that was what I had been looking for: A place where I could apply the knowledge I have, learn so many new things and at the same time make a TRUE change in my community and my country. Working for Cultiva has changed my life in countless ways. It has made me aware of how privileged I am for having the opportunity of a full education, food on the table, for being able to provide for my children so they can focus on studying… It has been humbling and life-changing to see every family, listen to their stories, and see hope blossom in their eyes. I know that we are TRULY breaking the cycle of poverty one person at a time.”
MJ lives in Panajachel right next door to Casa Cultiva. She runs the day to day operations in Guatemala and makes sure people get paid and receipts get filed.
MJ is crucial to our team and we are fortunate to have her. These communities are fortunate to have MJ. We are currently looking for a donor to sponsor her salary and other costs associated with her employment and work to advance our mission. Your gift will make it possible for MJ to change lives. Please contact Cultiva International director of development Clark Vandeventer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-284-6127 for more information.
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