Maria Eugenia and Macaria are two of the 200 Guatemalan women who are empowered through the efforts of Shared Trade partner Mayan Hands. As an international fair trade organization, Mayan Hands creates avenues for women from eight rural communities to sell handmade woven goods.
Weaving has been a cultural tradition in Guatemala for nearly 3,000 years but the demand for woven goods is not strong enough in the country. Global sales ensure that Mayan Hands women continue the beautiful practice of weaving, and in turn can support their families and invest in the local communities.
Each woman enjoys a fair and consistent wage, healthy working conditions, business training, and artisan skill development. The supportive working environment fosters relationships and allows the women to become self-sufficient. They send their sons and daughters to school to receive the education they could not receive, and thus are able to imagine bright futures for their families.
We are proud to announce that Shared Trade is now partnered with Mayan Hands! Their goods are high quality, eco-friendly, and traditionally made with a modern touch, as Guatemalan women stay true to their cultural values.