Project details




The project owner

Marisha Maas


  • Quetzaltenango
  • Guatemala

Goal summary

To improve the sewing skills of 30 Mayan women and thus assist them in producing high quality products of their own woven fabrics which they can then sell at the local market. This will create economic empowerment and help in reducing poverty in their villages.

Project summary

The Mayan women that Y'abal Handicrafts works with are fine weavers--yet cannot sew, which reduces their income possibilities. With poor treatment and high violence against women in Guatemala, it is of utmost important that they have opportunities for financial independence and personal growth.


Organize sewing classes and provide equipment to properly train these Mayan women to sew high quality products to be sold at local markets. This creates income opportunities for the women, and improvement of the living conditions and future prospects in their communities.


  • 30
  • Mayan women living in the rural Highlands of Guatemala. Being women and being Maya, this is a doubly marginalized group in Guatemala society. Empowering them not only elevates themselves but their villages in general.
  • Mixed

Why (Project owners drive)

Making a success of Y'abal Handicrafts makes the world more colorful!

Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)

Non-Profit Organisation - Other




  1. Sewing classes: the basics

    • Women will get to know the sewing machine and learn the basics of sewing. Mentioned budget is for the trainer and the basic sewing materials (fabrics, yarn, patterns).
    • €400
    • 26
  2. Practice and development

    • Sewing classes focus on practice and the first product development. Of the budget, 400 euro is for the trainer and basic sewing materials; 200 euro is for the additional materials needed for practice and product development.
    • €600
    • 26