MayanFamilies

Unique Handmade Goods by Indigenous Guatemalan Artisans

Panajachel, Guatemala | 1313 Sales

MayanFamilies

Unique Handmade Goods by Indigenous Guatemalan Artisans

Panajachel, Guatemala 1313 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars (204)

Announcement    Welcome to our shop! All of our products are handmade by indigenous Guatemalan artisans from the Lake Atitlan region. We feature unique items, such as beaded coin purses, beaded lanyards and wristets, beaded key chains, and fabric materials made from upcycled corte (traditional Guatemalan skirt). 100% of your sale goes directly into the Mayan Families Artisan Program!

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 20, 2017

Welcome to our shop! All of our products are handmade by indigenous Guatemalan artisans from the Lake Atitlan region. We feature unique items, such as beaded coin purses, beaded lanyards and wristets, beaded key chains, and fabric materials made from upcycled corte (traditional Guatemalan skirt). 100% of your sale goes directly into the Mayan Families Artisan Program!

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About

We are a registered 501 (3) nonprofit located in Guatemala, providing indigenous artisan women with reliable employment at a fair wage to promote their financial independence.

For many impoverished Guatemalans limited by a lack of education and employment in their communities, beading, sewing and weaving crafts can be the key to providing for their families. Unfortunately, often times artisans are forced to work for a for central buyer who compensates them with a menial wage relative to their hours of skilled work. Moreover, payment schedules are inconsistent and sometimes artisans do not receive the full amount they are owed.

We believe that one of the most valuable things we can give to families is the opportunity for stable work and to be financially self-reliant. Through our Artisan Program, we purchase handcrafted beaded jewelry, handbags, houseware, accessories and more, directly from local Guatemalans at an ethically determined price and sell them both locally and internationally. The sales of fair-wage Guatemalan artisan handicrafts not only allows us to continue to run our various programs, it provides women and men with the chance at economic advancement, supports the local economy and provides each recipient with a beautiful piece of Guatemala.

Production partners

  • Artisan Group

    Panajachel, Guatemala

    Local group of Artisan Women

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Last updated on Feb 10, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

We can create many beaded customized products, such as lanyards, keychains, coin purses and animal keychains.

Wholesale availability

All of our products are available for wholesale at a discounted wholesale price.

Shipping time

We send our Etsy packages up with volunteers who are frequently visiting with us in Guatemala. Due to the unpredictability of their visits, shipping time may vary greatly. We are an NGO with limited resources so we ask for your patience with this.