Mayan Hands is a fair trade organization founded in 1989. We partner with talented Maya weavers in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty. Because of fair trade, the women and their families are able to continue to live within the culture they cherish.
We work with more than 200 artisans who inhabit different rural communities in the highlands of Guatemala. Working together, we design products that fit the tastes of people in the international market, then seek out markets for them that pay a fair return. Additionally, we collaborate with other organizations to provide opportunities to our artisan partners in other areas, including scholarships and school supplies for their children, home improvements, micro-lending, training in new skills and techniques, as well as classes in gender awareness, domestic violence, conflict resolution, and herbal medicine.
Our weaving partners produce the exquisite, high quality products that we proudly offer you. The backstrap loom is a painstaking art form, whereby even experts weave only one inch of brocaded cloth per hour. Considering this, we think their craftwork is very reasonably priced and hope you’ll agree. With fair trade, you can rest assured that your purchases allow these talented weavers to earn a regular income with which they can feed their families, send their children to school, and harbor dreams for a better future. Content & Images: Mayan Hands Website