Build Skills & Income by Training Guatemalan Women

by Women's Association for Development, Sacatepequez


Train 35 Guatemalan women in foot loom weaving to make products in high demand on the international market. Training will offer new employable skills and increase income for their families.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Women's Association for Development, Sacatepequez

Location: Santiago Sacatepequez, Sacatepequez - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​​afedes_gt/​index.htm
Gillian  Wilson
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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Thanks to 37 donors like you, a total of $5,198 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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