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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Mayan Beauty Salon

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

New project from Mayan Families

Sometimes we are so busy with our own lives and the people we care about with all the things that need to be done, we forget that somewhere else in the world there are people who are practically indigent; Whose biggest dream is to have a bit of money to feed their child or pay for their school clothing and supplies.

In Panajachel, Guatemala, Mayan Families Organization is teaching local women beauty salon skills so that they may become independent and care for their children. This is no small task and the results of learning these skills are life-changing. 

Open since June of 2013, and begun with the idea of creating a stable income for the women in the area, Mayan Families Spa now offers manicures and pedicures Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from nine in the morning to noon. There are plans in the next few months to expand what they will teach these female students.

Ana doing a manicure, Nancy standing behind her

Ana doing a manicure, Nancy standing behind her


This is the brain child of Susan Mabry, a 20-year veteran salon expert from the States who volunteered her time to teach these women the art of “mani-pedis.” Nancy Zapeta, who attended beauty school in Guatemala City and who runs her own salon, is the local teacher. But none of this would be possible at all if it were not for the generous seed donation from a long-time frequent Stateside visitor, Vivian Harvey.

Any woman who has the desire to learn and is able to make the time commitment can participate in this program. For a small graduation fee, they can gain a skill that will allow them to become independent and care for their families on their own.

Those currently in the program are so excited to have acquired these new skills – something they never thought was possible for them - and they look forward to building better lives for themselves. They are feeling more confidence in who they are since they now have a marketable skill and are eager to learn the next level which includes hair styling, facials and massage. Every woman wants to care for her children and this program brings them hope and a future they can direct on their own.

This worthy cause creates the ability for a stable income and can lift these families out of poverty, changing their lives forever. 

Pricing of services are very reasonable with a suggested donation of 25Quetzales ($3USD) for manicures and 35Quetzales ($4USD) for pedicures.

Funding is always a challenge, but Maya Families Org will take all donations whether it is in cash (to pay for utilities, rent and the salary of the local teacher), a monthly subscription ($100 a month to be a Beauty Salon Sponsor and get your picture and name on the salon “Hall of Fame”) or in-kind donations such as supplies, materials, products and training equipment.

Elba massaging my foot before my pedicure

Elba massaging my foot before my pedicure

If this project interests you and you would like to volunteer your time, money or your expertise, the best way to move forward to help these families is to contact Melanie, the Project Manager at

But wait! There's more!

The Spa Program is not all that Mayan Families Org. have going on. It is only one project in a long list of sustainable development work they do in the town of Panajachel, Guatemala. Other initiatives include student sponsorship, orphan and elderly care, medical assistance and the distribution of water filters among others.

The whole idea is to empower local families and build better relationships within the community.

Currently, Mayan Families facilitate the sponsorship of over 3,000 students between preschool and university with accredited and licensed schools.

Many families don't have the means to eat on a daily basis and they suffer from malnutrition and other health issues. This organization offers nutrition supplements, food donations and protein-enriched food for children.

Marilyn puts coats of polish on my nails

Marilyn puts coats of polish on my nails

Everything from local clinic services to surgery are offered.

They have distributed hundreds of water filters throughout rural Guatemala providing clean drinking water to thousands of children, families and schools.


Many families struggle with homelessness and choosing between rent and the food they need to eat. Mayan Families Org. assists by constructing homes and offering temporary housing when necessary.

You can help

Your donations can send a child to school, provide a large basket of food to a family, feed a family of six or more for a month, give a family egg-laying chickens, buy a bed and a mattress or provide a fuel-efficient stove.

Dr. Luis Pena and his assistant with a local Maya in the clinic

Dr. Luis Pena and his assistant with a local Maya in the clinic

Become active and help out by visiting their website, phone +1-619-550-2608 or email them at

Help Mayan Families Organization to educate, feed, shelter and heal the indigenous and impoverished people of rural Guatemala.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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