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About SaborDelSol

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On Etsy since 2019

Dignified, Sustainable Work for Women

Who we are:
Sabor del Sol is a collective of indigenous Mayan women who run and operate their own micro-business. This micro-business provides a source of income to its members who plan, produce, and distribute their own product line- including textile goods and solar baked snacks.

This project is designed to create employment for San Marcos indigenous residents and provide business education and skills to empower these women to continue to grow and find ways to provide for their families.

What we do:
Traditionally, sewing and tailoring is "men's work," in Guatemala. When the women of Sabor del Sol were provided with sewing machines, they set about bucking cultural and local norms by learning to sew. A tailor (a man) was brought in, by boat, from across the lake to give them basic lessons. Poca a poco, little by little, their skill set has grown. They've progressed from making napkins and placemats (simple hemmed squares), to bags with zippers and embellishments, aprons, collared shirts, and more. When a local couple got married, they hired the women of Sabor del Sol to make the men's vests for the wedding party out of Guatemalan textiles, adding one more new skill and product to the women's inventory!

All of Sabor del Sol's items are made from recycled and upcycled Guatemalan textiles. These are purchased from the Bomberos Market (it happens in the parking lot of the fire station) in Panajachel, from vendors of used textiles from around the country. The textiles are taken back across the lake, by boat, and carried up the big hill to Konojel Community Center and the women's workshop in large feed style sacks. Then, the ladies get to work! Each woman is paid a fair trade price for her work upon completion. The profits from the sale of these goods are then held in community and the women decide what they will do with them. Sometimes they invest in new machinery or materials for their business. Sometimes they give each other micro-loans to create greater opportunities or improve the infrastructure of a co-op member's home life. They are in complete control of their work, their schedules, and their business finances.

Their products are available for sale at the Konojel Restaurant in San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala, on the main path up from the dock, as well as in other shops around town, and now on Etsy! Please stop in and support them when you are in town!

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    Sabor del Sol is a women's collective in San Marcos la Laguna, a small Mayan village in Guatemala.

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