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Phone: (502) 7762-6245
Casa Kaqchikel
Calle 14 de Febrero

Solola
07010
Guatemala
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Target demographics: Indigenous female artisans of Guatemala

Direct beneficiaries per year: At the moment our work is directly benefiting 175 women per year.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Marketing and Cultural Tourism Volunteer (*priority)
Be part of an exciting initiative to contribute to the sustainability of our Maya Women’s Center & Fair Trade Store through marketing and cultural tourism activities.

Development and Fundraising Volunteer
Assist with development through research, grant-writing, local and international fundraising, special events and direct mail.

As a Translation Volunteer of documents and media to help Guatemalan women within Guatemala or from your home.

Be a Resource and Reference Volunteer to grow our resource center in our Mayan Women's Center

A Health Resource Guide Volunteer Complete a comprehensive Health Resource Guide for use in the Women’s Center and in geographically-specific communities, in an effort to increase health care for members and families of the OB community.

Videographer Volunteer
Awesome opportunity to create a short-documentary style video about women in Guatemala and the amazing work of Oxlajuj B’atz.

Design Volunteer
Work with groups of Mayan women artisans to develop new designs and design techniques in order to diversify their product offerings.

Geographic areas served: Oxlajuj B'atz works with 20 communities in 7 different departments of Guatemala, including: Solola, Chimaltenango, Baja Verapaz, Quiche, Totonicapan, Quetzaltenango, and Suchitepequez.

Programs: Are main programs focus on health, artisan and product development, democracy and team building, and small business.

Mission:
The mission of Oxlajuj B’atz’ is to facilitate processes for Maya women artisans to bring about change, through their own efforts, that will alleviate the adverse effects of poverty and improve their quality of life. Our mission is guided by the principles of harmony, democracy, and sustainability.

See how we carry out our mission through our educational programs and at our Maya Women’s Center.
Through the encouragement of Oxlajuj B’atz’, our members become empowered by increasing their knowledge and skills. Their participation in democratically run cooperatives with other women they trust and respect provides them with the ability to earn a sustainable income, which is beneficial to both their families and communities.

See how we are realizing our vision through our institutional strengthening efforts.
Results:
Since its establishment in 2004 Oxlajuj B'atz has expanded its reach from 185 Mayan artisans in 12 cooperatives, to over 500 women working in 29 different cooperatives.

Since 2004, we have delivered 1,600 workshops in our four main focus areas. These workshops include: costing a product, developing a product catalog, group promotion, growing and using medicinal plants, and women's political participation.

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04/15/14
This is an umbrella organization serving 700 Mayan crafts women. their latest environmental impact may seem small .. It is creating and distributing reusable - non paper - sanitary supplies to women. The disposable items cost them 12 quetzals ..that money be better used to feed the family. ... more »
11/29/12
I have watched the women who are members of this organization change over the past 8 years. When they started with Oxlajuj B'atz (Thirteen Threads), they lacked the confidence to speak freely or even more than a whisper. Now, years later, they are mentoring new groups and turning OB into a member ... more »
11/23/12
This organization is impressive for the effort it makes to empower it’s individual members and enable them to identify their own learning needs while they are acquiring skills for a sustainable future. Since most of the members have little formal education, this approach requires significant ... more »
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Latest Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz // Thirteen Threads // Trece Hilos
Latest Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz // Thirteen Threads // Trece Hilos
Latest Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz // Thirteen Threads // Trece Hilos
Latest Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz // Thirteen Threads // Trece Hilos
Latest Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz // Thirteen Threads // Trece Hilos

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Marketing and Cultural Tourism Volunteer (*priority)
Be part of an exciting initiative to contribute to the sustainability of our Maya Women’s Center & Fair Trade Store through marketing and cultural tourism activities.

Development and Fundraising Volunteer
Assist with development through research, grant-writing, local and international fundraising, special events and direct mail.

As a Translation Volunteer of documents and media to help Guatemalan women within Guatemala or from your home.

Be a Resource and Reference Volunteer to grow our resource center in our Mayan Women's Center

A Health Resource Guide Volunteer Complete a comprehensive Health Resource Guide for use in the Women’s Center and in geographically-specific communities, in an effort to increase health care for members and families of the OB community.

Videographer Volunteer
Awesome opportunity to create a short-documentary style video about women in Guatemala and the amazing work of Oxlajuj B’atz.

Design Volunteer
Work with groups of Mayan women artisans to develop new designs and design techniques in order to diversify their product offerings.

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