Martha & Rosa’s Story of Hope in Guatemala

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Martha’s Story of Hope

“My name is Martha. I am from the Patzun department (state) of Chimaltenango.

I am very happy to be here with you!

It is a blessing from God to have you here in our nation of Guatemala.

Because the truth is it benefits my family – and our countrywomen most of all – because we are given the opportunity to work.

This work you all do reaches to us and reaches to many other people.

Thank you very much and God bless you!

And thank you for the opportunity you have given us because the truth is we are really happy that we are working.” – Martha, Artisan in Guatemala

We are happy and grateful with God. Thank you and god bless you and we hope this project continues to be successful!” – Martha, Artisan in Guatemala

What is Huipil?

Martha and Rosa specialize in upcycling traditional Mayan Huipil fabric into eco-friendly, ethically made fashions.

Huipil is beautiful traditional fabric worn by women in Guatemala to signify which village they call home. 

Each upcycled design they create is one-of-a-kind, as its colors, patterns, and motifs are unique to each woman’s village.

Rosa’s Story of Hope

“My name is Rosa, and I am from the Chichicastenango (Chichi) department (state) of El Quiché.
Thank you for carrying our products, because for us.
It is a huge help for my daughters and my fellow countrywomen of Chichicastenango, because they also need money to provide for their children’s schooling.
So, I want to thank you all… and Edgar and his wife (Artisan leaders in Guatemala)!
Thank you to you all, thank you, thank you!”
– Rosa, Artisan in Guatemala

Watch this video to discover how Martha’s and Rosa’s upcycled traditional Huipil designs are changing lives in Guatemala!

Trades of Hope is partnering to provide safe jobs with fair wages for women in Guatemala.
Every purchase of Trades of Hope Huipil designs supports Martha & Rosa’s Artisan community in Guatemala.
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Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas

Kathy Thomas is an inspirational writer with a passion for helping women discover and celebrate their unique gifts and abilities. Kathy is part of the Communications Team at Trades of Hope focusing on Artisan advocacy.


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