Expanding Mexican Women’s Weaving Enterprises



The Jolom Mayaetik (“Mayan Weavers”) cooperative in Chiapas has 300 indigenous women designing and weaving textiles, but lack business skills to expand sales locally, nationally and internationally.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Building the capacity of Jolom Mayaetik to increase its sales is essential to its expansion. The co-op could be producing and selling thousands more of its products on the global market if provided the necessary computer, accounting and marketing skills. This expansion will result in a steady income for 300 indigenous women in Chiapas. With these skills, the co-op could also create a website and print catalog of their goods.

How will this project solve this problem?

A full-time trainer will teach the leaders of the cooperative computer, accounting and marketing skills. With the support of volunteers, the cooperative will create a new product line, design a website, and produce a catalog.

Potential Long Term Impact

300 women will be able to sell their handcrafted products at a fair price, increasing their income and allowing them to send their children to school. The business will grow, allowing more women to join.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,026

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,026 .  The original project funding goal was $9,350.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 13 donors like you, a total of $1,026 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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K'inal Antzetik

San Cristobal D.L.C., Chiapas, Mexico

Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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