Mushrooms and Weaving?

Mushroom workshop for Yabal artisan org in guatemala

What do mushrooms and weaving have in common? They’re both great income-generating projects for women in Guatemala! And projects that Yabal supports in our Guatemalan artisan communities. While we’ve had our Yabal weaving brand for over 10 years now, oyster mushroom cultivation is a newer project. The mission of Yabal is to support the economic

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Surrounded by Water, Dying of Thirst

Backstrap loom weaver guatemala

above photo credit: Caroline Lindsell This year, Yabal began a new relationship with the artisan cooperative in Chichicastenango, called Utz Batz. They are a group of 10-15 women weavers that have worked together since 2008 as a fair trade artisan cooperative in order to create jobs for themselves. The town of Chichicastenango is famous with

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Reforestation in the Mountains

Planting trees in guatemala with Yabal fair trade organization

“When we moved to this area [in 2005 after Hurricane Stan] most of the trees in this forest had been cut by other communities living here. Those of us families from Chuicutama living here at the time decided to buy 300 acres of this mountain and re-plant trees so that our children would have a forest

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Stretching Feels Good

We had the pleasure recently to welcome doctor Kate Colwell to our women’s cooperative meeting in Pactuama, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan. Kate specializes in helping artisans with healthy body dynamics, posture, self-care, and injury prevention. It was an important workshop to have with our group of 40 weavers and a great first introduction to the idea

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Sneak Peak of Eco Home Collection

Hand embroidery with natural dyes

You may have noticed that we’ve been a bit quiet this year about unveiling new Yabal product designs for 2018… That’s because we’ve been busy developing a very new product collection, unlike anything we’ve ever done before! In late 2018, we will be unveiling Yabal’s new ecological line of home textile accessories- a lifestyle collection crafted

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A day off

As women we never have a break, we are always working. Whereas the men go to work and then come home to relax, women are working from sunrise to sunset. Washing, cooking, collecting firewood, taking care of the children, taking care of the garden, the chickens, preparing the food for tomorrow. And in between those

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Micro-credits for/by the community

Yabal started a small loan program with the community of Chuicutama 7 years ago. After receiving a private donation, we asked the community what project they would like to use the money for. The community decided  to use these funds to create a micro-credit system for their families to rent land for corn cultivation. As these families

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Ethical Custom Product Production, made to order!

ethical custom production

Is this you?… ∇   You are a designer, boutique  hotel, or fashion line looking for a way to source your home decor or fashion accessories in an ethical and sustainable process. ∇  You want to outsource your production in a way that empowers artisans. ∇  You care about quality and one-of-a-kind handmade techniques ∇ Customer

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Yabal featured in Handwoven Magazine!

Excerpt from an article in Handwoven and Interweave magazines featuring Yabal Handicrafts: Weaving New Lives and Bringing New Hope February 23, 2017 | Author: Anita Osterhaug Mayan women say that the goddess Ixchel taught their people to weave at the dawn of time. Through millennia of struggle between rival groups, through the founding of a dynasty

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Quality over Quantity

“Quality over quantity” is our unspoken slogan at Yabal. We have been working with a group of around 50 artisans for around 8 years now. Each year we have been able to include a few new women into our Fair Trade weaving project but only when we are able to commit to provide enough work

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