One of our core values is to support our Mayan artisan partners by striving to improve their quality of life. The stark and unfortunate truth is that the indigenous people of Guatemala are the ones that have suffered most over the past century, the Maya making up about 95% of the indigenous population. As a result of geographical displacement and systematic racism, the Mayan people are amongst the poorest of the Guatemalan population. With little access to formal education combined with contributing social determinants, the gap between the Maya and their non-indigenous counter parts has proven difficult to bridge.
Over the past ten years, we have employed over 600 Mayan artisans in the villages surrounding Lake Atitlan who hand craft our colourful creations. By providing a fair wage, enabling them to work from home while setting their own hours, donating water filtration systems, and maintaining a steady flow of work; we are able to share these awesome products with the rest of the world whilst maintaining our fair trade values.
We all have to start somewhere to strive towards change; and this is only the beginning. We have plenty of projects stewing that we aim to launch in the next year; and if you’re as passionate about sustainable change as we are, drop us an email with your own thoughts and ideas.
Below are a few of our previous projects;
YOSEMITE FACELIFT PROJECT
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
NORCAL GOLDEN RETRIEVER CLUB
UTAH WHITEWATER CLUB
NORTHERN FOREST CANOE TRAIL
THE TOY BANK