Traditionally, only men are trained to use a foot loom for weaving. Foot loom weaving is faster than backstrap weaving, which women usually use to make products. When international representatives come to Guatemala to find products to export, it is the men who attract the jobs as their products can be produced quickly and in a higher volume. Women know they could weave on foot looms and access this market, if taught this skill. They can then earn more which benefits their families.
Set up an intensive Foot Loom Training Program with equipment and personnel to teach this skill. Select women participants for the training. Monitor and evaluate training program every three months to track progress of women trainees.
Increased income for at least 35 women, who will use it to improve families’ livelihoods. Mothers will send their children to school. Women will continue their indigenous heritage by practicing the art of weaving as a viable source of income.