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The stronghold of the Mayan Empire, Guatemala is a land shaped by ancient civilizations, earthquakes, volcanoes and at times violence. In 1954, the democratic government was overthrown, leaving the country unstable and resulting in the disappearance of tens of thousands of people in the last 50 years.
Industries include bananas, coffee, textiles, and sugar, although the elite population owns the best farmland. Guatemalans speak at least one of 20 dialects and are known for their vibrant, colorful clothing.
UPAVIM is an acronym for Unidas Para Vivir Mejor, “United For A Better Life.” This group of women lives in a squatter community named La...Their Story and Handcrafted Products
Aj Quen is a private association for development, founded by representatives of organized Mayan artisan groups from various regions of...Their Story and Handcrafted Products
Creaciones Chonita was started in 1981 by Concepción Sojuel Mendoza, an indigenous woman who lost her husband in the violence of civil war...Their Story and Handcrafted Products
Ruth & Naomi
The weaving cooperative Ruth and Naomi is located in Chontola, near Chichicastenango. The project emerged out of the terror and desperation...Their Story and Handcrafted Products