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Association Artisanas United for the Development Atitlan

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Human Services, International, International Development

Mission: Artisans United for the Development of Atitlán (AUDA) is a community based organization dedicated to helping traditionally marginalized groups achieve economic and social empowerment. AUDA helps its cooperative groups receive fair wages by connecting them to new markets and buyers. Profits from sales are also reinvested for the larger development of the Lake Atitlán region.

Results: We have been able to help about 200 women have a better life as we help them find markets to sell their beautiful top quality product in the U.S.  We continue to connect buyers to the womens coops.  We connect people to the womens groups that have short term projects like place new tin roofs,lights,bathrooms,water,etc.

Target demographics: Women with children and no husbands.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 173 Children were able to go to school in 2009 off the sales of the handcrafted product the womens groups make

Geographic areas served: 713-893-8422

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Auda is a nonprofit organization that has been working with the indigenous community in Guatemala for over five years. Last year (´08-‘09) the organization started to grow and needed a website to present their projects for receiving volunteers and donations. They asked me if I was able to setup a basic website. In the month of February/March 2009 I worked for Auda on their website and that went really swell. They gave me the freedom to kinda do what I thought was best and corrected me from there on. (just minor suggestions). The content (most important of all) was mostly delivered/prepared for me. My experiences were positive! They are well organized and doing constructive work in Guatemala. See the about page on the site to find out more: http://www.audaguatemala.org/aboutus.htm

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AS a member and person living in the Panajachel community I have noot seem a more realistic approachi to empowering people to bridge cultural , social and econonomic means than AUDA. I have worked personally to support this organization becasue it take back the concept of importing where sweats have been abusive, AUDA has put the profit where it needs to be. It creates evolution in places that aare rural and far off the tourist spectrum. It provides people with thier basic human rights through thier work and not for profit to built home where there need to be, food for those who needs jobs at a fair wage, self esteem where there is a challenge to reach means of finacial security and it makes foriegn commuities aware of other situations in providing humanitarinism. AUDA is simply people helping thier fellow man and woman kind for a better future. God bless them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For several years I have been affiliated with AUDA. The leaders of AUDA, Freida and Bobby Cox, have earned my utmost respect. I stand behind them and their mission statement to improve the livelyhood of Guatamelan orphans and widows. The skill, innovation and artistry that AUDA presents to this third-world country brings hope and a future to otherwise desperate people. AUDA has my highest recommendation as a organization and mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization living out God's Word to help the poor and needy. AUDA helps not only the women artisans receive a fair wage for their work but also helps their families and children. They have helped the artisan communities with water projects and helped the children attend school. Without AUDA many children in the Lake Atitlan area would be unable to attend school.