We are proud to partner with more than ten indigenous artisan groups based in three highland Guatemala communities. Ranging from small family businesses to cooperatives counting dozens of members, these creative and talented artists work in wood, ceramics, and textiles. Despite their diversity, our artisan partners are united in their efforts to create better livelihoods through adaptation of ancestral arts to contemporary local and global markets. While visiting Guatemala, Enactus students learn about the different artisanal forms as well as the cultural significance of our partners' creations. This knowledge is then shared with our team members and customers.
Ajpu Association Weavings
Bulux Sisters Pottery
Based in the central zone of San Miguel Totonicapán, Ajkem Weavings is a small family business. Master weaver Pablo Chuc works a loom designed specifically to produce colorful, intricately-patterned bands, belts, and straps.
Ajpu Association is an indigenous non governmental organization (ngo) based in Quiacquix, a rural satellite community of Totonicapán. Among its diverse sustainable community development programs, Ajpu Association organizes a cooperative of weavers. Expert in the distinctive jaspe technique, Ajpu weavers produce skirts and aprons for local markets and bags, backpacks, and tapestries for export.