Programs

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Corazon Center

At the Corazon Center in Chimaltenango women and their children receive skill

development workshops, as well as programming that increases creativity,

reading comprehension and self-esteem.

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Student Scholarship Program

Amigas de Corazon provides 27 scholarships annually to the weavers' children.

These scholarships cover school expenses, such as supplies,

exam fees, books and uniforms.

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Corazon Scarves

 Amigas de Corazon is committed to helping artisans from Central and South

America access markets in the United States.  We purchase their products based

on fair trade standards. The artisans set the prices and revenue from product sales

are invested into purchasing additional product and supporting education initiatives. 

Meet the Artisans

Corazon de Mujer

(Heart of Woman)

The group’s members are indigenous women who suffered from the armed conflict in Guatemala during the 1980’s, 

but joined to form a weaving group in Chimaltenango, Guatemala in 1991. Approximately 16 members weave traditional textiles on the back strap and foot looms, generating income to support their families. They create

our beautiful Corazon Striped, Vibrant Guatemala Series,

and Corazon Casual Scarves and our cotton single-color shawls. Some of their members are widows and weaving

is their only source of income, as they have never had the opportunity to study and are illiterate. As an organized

group of women, they are able to solicit training and

are learning new skills.

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Voz de Tz’utujil

The Tz’utujil are Mayan people living in the town of

San Juan, on Lake Atitlan. "Voz" means voice. There

are 15 women members in their group. Many are raising children on their own. Some of them are widows because their husbands died during the war; others lost

husbands to sickness; some of them have been

abandoned by their husbands after they brought their children into the world- an all too common story here.
Their natural cotton scarves are tinted using natural

dyes from the plants, herbs, flowers and trees that

grow around Lake Atitlan.

Association of

Mayan Women

The Association of Mayan Women is located in

Solola, Guatemala, overlooking Lake Atitlan. Their

specialty is Chenille scarves and handbags made

from both cotton and bamboo. They use natural

dyes to create their rich color spectrum.

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The Elderly

Bead Center

The bead-making workshop/store and elderly center are housed in the same building and are located in Santiago,

the largest municipality on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

Proceeds from the bead shop's jewelry sales are used to

feed 65 impoverished elderly three meals a week. Many

of the elderly are homeless. The majority of them are

women, and many are also widows from Guatemala's civil war. The center also provides the elderly with an annual Christmas party and other social activities throughout

the year. It is a place where the elderly can feel safe, eat a nourishing meal, and receive a little dignity and social time. The jewelry makers are women displaced from Panabaj,

a town of 1,400 people that was washed away by a

mudslide during Hurricane Stan.

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

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