Learn & Weave the MAYAN CULTURE in QUETZALTENANGO (Guatemala)

We are a women's cooperative that use traditional Mayan techniques to produce beautiful and high quality products to offer a sustainable income to more than 400 women and their families.

We are organized into 17 groups of weavers, from five regions of the western highlands of Guatemala (Sololá, Huehuetenango, Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango, Quetzaltenango and Quiché). The cooperative was formed in 1988 as a direct result of the devastating Guatemalan Civil War.

Our mission is to create sustainable jobs with fair wages for Guatemalan women, to enable them to support their families and communities honorably, and to preserve and develop Mayan cultural traditions through the continued practice of traditional weaving arts.

We do not only make beautiful handmade fabrics; we represent an ancestral tradition that is deeply connected with the Mayan culture. It is political, because it empowers the indigenous people in Guatemala who in no way are supported by the government.

In addition, it represents a change in the fashion industry: a movement, away from quickly produced items that are discarded after a short time. It presents textiles as an art where each item is closely related to the artisan that made it, her culture and the specific place in which she lives.

We offer more than one product or service. A crucial word to describe the central element that connects all the different elements of our Cooperative is EDUCATION. Along with our textiles, we offer education about the Mayan culture, its calendar, the indigenous people and their struggle in Guatemala, all the elements that belong to our cooperative are connected and create a holistic brand.

Our activities are developed from 9am to 1pm from Monday to Friday.

Items needed: For the children of our Weavers: School Supplies. - Toys - Musical Instruments - Accessories For playing Sports (Balls, clothes, etc) - Children's Books. For our Weavers: Personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toilet paper, hand cream, toothpaste, sanitary towels ...) For the team: Office material (printer paper, pens, markers, staples, black buffer => the weavers do not know how to write, it is how they sign the documents, carbon paper, ...)
As a VISITOR we would like to share with you: As a VISITOR we want to tell you as much as we can about our project for you to help us spreading the word :) We also want to invite you be part of our Weaving School with a special price as a Bagsharer and help us in the store or promote our project in in Quetzaltenango (in schools, leave flyers in restaurants, bars etc...)
Want to VOLUNTEER mid or long term ? Here are the conditions :) : As a VOLUNTEER we need you to stay a minimun time of ONE MONTH. During this time your mission will be to help us developing social networks strategies (Facebook, Instagram), support us with our newsletter writting, take care of the online store, thinking about develop new products, amongst others.
Languages spoken:
Spanish
English
French
Other
If you are interested in our project please get in touch directly AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE COMING with the foundation via the "CONTACT" link. : Looking forward hearing from you ! :)
Listing created Dec 5, 2018