Lunas Cakchiqueles : Weaving Collective
Emiliana Mendoza is 45 and has three children. She lives in Barrio III, high on the mountain in San Marcos La Laguna. Emiliana helps organize the women of Lunas Cakchiqueles. She maintains their accounting and organizes a group fund, where each member donates 5% of their pay as collective dues to be used by the group. JUSTA matches each due paid to double the amount in the group fund. The group is currently looking to use their fund to pay rent on a larger collective work space in San Marcos.
Gloria is 26 and has two children. She lives with her parents, children, aunt, uncle and nephews in their home. Gloria serves as the secretary for the Lunas and helps keep track of orders and inventory. Her enthusiasm is felt throughout her work at home and into the community.
Maria Martin is 32 and has four children. She is quiet and polite, watching carefully everything that is discussed. The colors she uses in her weaving reflect her brightness.
Isabel is 46 and lives in San Marcos with her six children and extended family. She learned the traditional backstrap weaving from her mother when she was very young. Her skill and experience shine through her weavings.
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