Across rural Guatemala, thousands of women depend on traditional backstrap weaving to support their families. Weaving is one of the few jobs they can do in the home while looking after their children, but as cheaper machine based textiles flood the market, this art, and their livelihood, is dying out. For Maya women, backstrap weaving is an integral part of daily life and an important symbol of cultural heritage and identity. The weavers rely on income generated from selling their textiles to support their families, but with no market place they can go for months without selling anything at all. The women already work hard and need only a helping hand to establish a more sustainable market. This is exactly what the I AM. model offers them â€“ the ability, through their own work, to escape the poverty they find themselves in, and to secure a future for their children.
Our journey to date. Learn about our Guatemala Solution, meet your weavers and the team behind I AM.