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Las Mujeres De Panabaj: Working Together to Rebuild

Panabaj1For indigenous women in the villages on the banks of beautiful Lake Atitlan, life is not always as picturesque as their placid surroundings. Although many of the villages in the Lake Atitlan region are renowned for their form of handicrafts, or artesania, earning a sustainable, living wage through sales of these handicrafts — no matter how unique or well-made — presents many challenges. The thousands of tourists who visit the region each year don’t make it to every small village, and even if they did, competition for craft sales is fierce. It takes more than crafting skills to be a successful artisan. For the artisan group Mujeres Panabaj, working together as a cooperative instead of trying to make it as individual artisans has been the key to success. Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Beautiful Lake Atitlan – Part II

San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna

Picturesque volcanic Lake Atitlan is home to many Unique Batik artisans. This mountainous region is rich with Mayan cultural traditions and handicrafts and has more to offer visitors than just its promise of beautiful vistas and eternally spring-like weather. The small villages that surround this huge body of water, formed in a caldera millions of years ago, are as captivating as anything the scenery can boast. Continue reading