Tradiciones Mayas (Maya Traditions) is a Fair Trade Social Enterprise (one of the few in the country) and a registered nonprofit located in Panajachel, a small town on Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The mission of Maya Traditions is to empower and improve the quality of life for Mayan women artisans and their families and contribute to the preservation and promotion of traditional knowledge, art, and cultures in Guatemala.
Maya Traditions was founded in 1988 by Jane Mintz, an experienced social worker and weaver herself, after she began working with indigenous women artisans living in poverty who survived decades of armed conflict in Guatemala. Jane observed that their skill of back-strap weaving was a chance for them to earn a stable income for their families while working from home. Maya Traditions was founded to help these skilled artisans succeed and preserve their cultures through access to a fair trade global marketplace. In 1996, Jane founded Maya Traditions which works with groups of artisans in six indigenous villages in Guatemala. Maya Traditions functions as a social enterprise by helping get the textiles into the international market and by providing artisan development, community health, and student sponsorship.
“At Maya Traditions, we understand that when we invest in one woman, we are investing in a generation. The artisans we partner with are mothers and wives, and they manage their households as well as their family’s crops. In short, they are amazingly capable and strong, and welcome our support in realizing increased economic empowerment.” Here