The Cojolya Association of Maya Women Weavers is a nonprofit association on the shores of Guatemala`s Lake Atitlán. For 30 years Cojolya has been dedicated to preserving the ancient Mayan art of backstrap-loom weaving as a viable economic enterprise for women who weave. Using traditional techniques and designs, woven textiles are made into designer fashion accessories. Cojolya provides its producers with materials, training, design services, and access to an international market of buyers. A proud member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Cojolya ensures that all its weavers earn a fair living wage on par with entry-level professionals in Santiago Atitlán. Cojolya is dedicated to preserving the art of backstrap weaving and to empowering our weavers and the community of Santiago Atitlán. Furthermore, we place carbon-reducing ONIL cookstoves in the homes of our weavers and community members, replacing unhealthy and potentially dangerous open kitchen hearths and reducing rates of deforestation.

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