Empowering Mayan women through ancient textiles

by Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Impacto textil is now starting to replicate and scale methodologies and tools as to serve 500 to 1000 artisans in a two-year timeframe (having worked with 200 Mayan women to improve production of textile handicrafts). Our work helps women to expand on their craft, teaching them advanced design principles and technical skills. With improved products, artisans gain increased access to ethical and fair trade markets and a secure income to support their families, mainly children and their community.

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Indigenous women in Mexico's highlands are suffering by the lack of economic opportunities. They are isolated geographically, culturally and linguistically. Through improving their traditional techniques, and developing business skills, artisans can create a premium product to ethical and fair trade markets, the understanding of global market demand, and the know-how to administer their business affairs that would allow them to earn a sustainable livelihood.


Impacto textil works with groups of Mayan woman artisans to build new weaving, design and business skills. By linking designers and artisans, Impacto trains indigenous women in innovative, market-ready product development. While artisans learn new skills, Impacto facilitates market access for their products so they can earn a sustainable income to support their families, their children and their community.

Long-Term Impact

Women invest income directly into their children and their communities. Economic opportunity, skills and education empower women to transform not only themselves but also lifting their families out of poverty. Women artisans that partner with impacto increase their income by selling higher-demand products to global markets. Also they develop the professional, leadership skills and self-confidece needed for long-term economic success and social transformation.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


NGO`s Facebook Page
Our textile sector blog
Traditional Fridays social media campaign
Our blog to promote handicraft ethical textiles

Organization Information

Proyecto Impacto Consultores, AC

Location: San Cristobal de Las Casas - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​impacto.org.mx/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @impacto_adriana
Project Leader:
Xochitl Impacto
San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico
$5,617 raised of $12,000 goal
39 donations
$6,383 to go
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will provide for transportation costs to train an artisan in her community / proveera costos de transporte para capacitar una artesana en su comunidad
will provide for the development of an ad-hoc curricula including tool kits to train artisans / proveera para el desarrollo de una Curricula incluidos un kit de herramientas para una artesana
will train 1 artisan in product design and commercial practices for 1 year / proveera para la capacitacion en diseno de producto y comercial para una artesana durante un ano
will provide for a deep market and business research for the development of 1 business plan -an innovative social retail enterprise / proveera para el estudio de mercado a incluirse en plan comercial
will allow us to acquire our first high-tech mobile training center, 1 sprinter to train artisans in their communities / proveera para la compra de una sprinter de campo para capacitar a artesanas
will allow us to acquire our first mobile training center, plus state-of-the-art equipment to train artisans in their communities / proveera para el sprinter y el equipo de alta tecnologia
will equip the regional Artisans Training Center in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico / proveera recursos para la equipar el Centro de Desarrollo Regional con equipo de punta
will buy a real state to locate the NGO offices (per artisan) while serving 500 women artisans / proveera recursos para adquirir un bien inmueble para la ONG sirviendo a 500 artesanas en Los Altos
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