Mayan Fair Trade
Our organization was founded in 2006 with the name "Mayan Fair Trade" because captures the original flavor of our artisan groups and their traditional handicrafts. The excellence of our quality products has been improving. This has only been possible by combining the knowledge and skills of artisans and design professionals from various countries. These skilled artists have been producing creative textile craft collections for years and we have captured the essence of their time-honored skills.
Shortly after our inception, we had 112 members, 88 women and 24 men, coming from every corner of Guatemala, from as far away as Chimaltenango, Solola, Chichicastenango, Totonicapán and Sacatepéquez.
None of the artisans are employees; we are all members of the same organization and everyone under our roof works together. The key to our mutual respect is that we have been working together for a period of time, sharing ideas and creative concepts while growing in appreciation of each ones unique skills.
There is no child labor
We categorically reject using children in any form of employment. We believe that this would constitute slavery. It is a concept that we reject for our own or any children. We do not use children in any stage of production.
Our children all attend school.
We not only encourage, but promote family wellness.
Some of us are foot- loom weavers, back-strap weavers, or makers of worry dolls and still others of us make clothing. An exceptionally skilled artisan may handle more than one task.
Most of our members spend only a few hours a day fabricating their crafts, as they have other obligations to care for, such as working as grain and vegetable farmers while others raise animals. All sell their produce or animals at the market and considerable time is required to maintain this livelihood.
Only the weavers devote all day to their craft work, although certain times of year are dedicated to tending their seasonal responsibilities.
Because of the poor economic condition of the country, many men migrate to the United States leaving their families behind; wives and children are forced to live without husband or father. Our craft organization has served as a good alternative to avoid migration, thus ensuring the men have stable work here. They are able to take care of their families in every way. Care requires more than providing money.