About Maya Traditions Foundation

As a nonprofit social enterprise, Maya Traditions is dedicated to facilitating access to national and international markets for Maya backstrap weaver artisans and their families in the highlands of Guatemala. Following a Fair Trade model, we continually seek to support our artisans, their families, and their communities through social programs that work to build capacity, preserve local cultures, and motivate indigenous women to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

We start with skilled indigenous women artisans

Weave in tools, training, and grassroots social programs

Create handmade products that strengthen communities

Who We Are

Maya Traditions Foundation leverages traditional Maya heritage and art, connecting female artisans with national and international markets committed to the Fair Trade Principles. Recognized as one of the early leaders in the Fair Trade model, Maya Traditions Foundation now works with over 120 indigenous women, providing quality textile-based products around the world.

Our Mission

Maya Traditions Foundation is a nonprofit social enterprise that aims to empower women artisans, their families, and their communities through Fair Trade and Social Programs that help to rescue, preserve, and promote their ancestral culture with a focus on backstrap weaving, thereby taking part in a larger positive social change for indigenous communities.

Our Vision

To be a social enterprise that leverages traditional Maya cultures to provide opportunities for economic independence and social development for indigenous women and their families.

Strategic Priorities

  • Further development of social enterprise to address long term sustainability and increase income for artisans
  • Expand upon social services to address community needs
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Annual Reports

For more detailed information about our work, download our annual reports.