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Rural Guatemala Cooperative Launches!

Thanks to you, our amazing Indiegogo donors, we launched our Artisans Thrive Training Program in Guatemala in March! So far your support has allowed us to purchase 4 new sewing machines and hire a local sewing instructor who has been teaching our group of 10 women basic sewing skills. 

This week during a group discussion, Gilda (pictured below at the sewing machine), shared her motivation for participating in this group and her hopes for their future: "Our purpose is learn how to sew, gain the skills and confidence to put into practice what we learn and to create a better future for ourselves and our families." 


Our Associate Director Andra Breazeale has been on site facilitating our business and life skills curriculum. Here is an update from Andra after the first month of classes:

"Over the past month I have had the chance to get to know these women and their dreams for the future. Many have dreams of owning their own businesses and they are so eager to learn new skills. One of my favorite moments was the day we celebrated International Women's Day.

After class, a few of the women came up to thank me and told me that no one had ever celebrated them on this day. This is just one small example of the powerful impact I believe our training is having on these women. Our class time is providing these women the opportunity to have a voice, to question things, to build confidence in their skills and to learn how to work together to achieve their personal goals."

This month, the group will learn business and entrepreneurial skills to help their future cooperative thrive. Later this month we will be joined by a product designer who will work with the group on prototyping products for a global market as well as their local market. 


Stay tuned for more updates!

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