Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers has been hard hit by the economic crisis spurred on by the global Coronavirus pandemic. We are seeking donations in order for us to be able to continue to provide employment and community support to our weavers. We aim to continue our textile production, our Mano a Mano por el Desarollo education program, as well as offer food and hygiene distributions on a monthly basis as needed in the wider community.
Due to the global pandemic, Santiago Atitlan has seen unemployment rise, schools close, and many families struggle to buy the essentials they need to remain healthy. As COVID-19 continues to spread in the community, we are seeing artisan families on the verge of hunger and increasingly worried about what the future will look like. The income our association provides for its 45 artisans is ever more important as they become the sole earners supporting their families' monthly expenses.
This project will tackle the ongoing emergency by keeping the artisans in our association employed and supporting our administrative costs. As schools continue to be out of session, we will keep children stimulated and learning from home with our education program tailoring homework to their educational needs. Also, we will continue to assemble essential food and hygiene distributions on a monthly basis and as needed by our community in order to keep people fed and healthy.
In order to promote long-term economic prosperity, we have to respond to the immediate needs of our community and make sure no one goes hungry or risks contracting Coronavirus. This project will allow our business to survive the economic depression and keep artisans employed in Guatemala, promoting women's professional development and children's education. The educational support will ensure that children don't fall behind in their learning and graduate on time and with increased opportunities.