Womens' micro-enterprise group making amazing change!
In January 2006, the first womens' micro-enterprise group was started in Sajonte, Guatemala. Within only 10 short months - the women have sold hundreds of woven bags, bringing much needed income into their families. And one of the first opportunities to connect to outside markets.
They are also making new designs on their bags - as seen here. This area is known for their unique pattern. And throughout other parts of Guatemala, you can recognize people from this region, based on the handwoven pattern.
The most exciting news is that with the help of a CHOICE community member, Mark Jones, they now have sewing machines and a loom. They are branching out to new textiles and designs.
(CHOICE In-country director, Javier Rabanales and local leader, Santiago Ical present the sewing machines to Sajonte and the womens' co-op)
There is amazing momentum around this group of women, we can't wait to see what is next.
(Guatemalan woman exhibits how to use the new co-op loom, making cloth to be used for various micro-enterprise projects to be sold in-country and in the US).