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Weaving Culture with Opportunity
As a nonprofit social enterprise Maya Traditions is dedicated to facilitating access to national and international markets for 180 Maya backstrap weaver artisans and their families in the highlands of Guatemala. Following a Fair Trade Model we continually seek to build capacity in regard to accessing formal education, health care and development of entrepreneurial skills, in a manner that is culturally appropriate and that motivates indigenous women to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. Maya Traditions' complimentary social programs currently reach out to over 500 family and community members of the artisans with whom we work. We are conscious of an ever competitive market for artisan hand made goods and we are committed to expanding our services to meet the emerging needs of indigenous artisan women.
Since 1997 we have been able to provide over 2,300 scholarships to Maya youth to help increase access to formal education. Our holistic education program also provides accompaniment to youth, informational workshops and community service preparation to help young people develop into successful, socially-conscious adults, empowering them to contribute positively to their communities and create significant change in Guatemala. growth and opportunity. >>>
Many artisans in Guatemala have little or no access to market information or product development training. We currently work with 180 artisans to build capacity and to increase their skills and, knowledge so as to promote economic empowerment for women and to further facilitate access to global Fair Trade Markets whom they work >>>
Our Health program has reached out to more than 1000 people in 10 communities in the Lake Atitlan region. We promote preventative health practices and treatment of common illnesses through the use of medicinal plants. We work to educate communities about modern and ancestral health practices and advocate for Medicos Mayas to exercise their right to cultural expression and promote respect for their roles as cultural guardians. ancestral knowledge >>>