• gumaleta
Our mission
Sustainable solutions for global problems - putting ideas into practice.
our solution
I just don't want to be given things, I don't think it is right.
anna
guatemala

I AM. creates sustainable, high-paying weaving work for Mayan women in the Highlands of Guatemala that promote a stable community, healthy economy & hope for the future.

One legacy of the 36 year civil war, which ended in 1996, is the large number of Maya women widowed, many single mothers, and families mired in poverty. Across rural Guatemala, thousands of women depend on traditional backstrap weaving to support their families – it is one of the only jobs they can do at home while looking after their children.

For Maya women, backstrap weaving is an integral part of daily life and an important symbol of cultural heritage & identity. The women already work hard and need only a helping hand to establish a more sustainable market. This is exactly what the I AM. model offers them – the ability, through their own work, to escape the poverty they find themselves in, and secure a future for their children.

The women continue to work from home and the time they spend weaving per week it completely up to them. To promote an entrepreneurial spirit, I AM. also encourages the weavers to spend one day a week working on their own designs.

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