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Modernization for Mayan Women Weavers in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexivo (MATCH) Program

The Modernization for Mayan Women Weavers in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico (MATCH) program, a partnership between Creative Learning and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supports Mayan back strap weavers in remote rural regions of eleven municipalities in market-driven production for local, national, tourist, and export markets. The initiative is transforming the practice of this culturally […]
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Creative Learning & Aid to Artisans logoThe Modernization for Mayan Women Weavers in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico (MATCH) program, a partnership between Creative Learning and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supports Mayan back strap weavers in remote rural regions of eleven municipalities in market-driven production for local, national, tourist, and export markets. The initiative is transforming the practice of this culturally rich and marketable craft into a competitive and profitable economic activity, benefiting not only 2,000 women artisans directly, but also their families, communities, and the greater economy in the highlands of Chiapas.

Impact:

MATCH is working on achieving its goals of economic growth and alleviation of poverty for Mayan women weavers in 11 municipalities of Los Altos by the following interventions:

  • Creation of a raw materials bank to provide access to market driven yarns, colors, accessories, trend information
  • Re-design of outdated craft styles into sellable items
  • Access to the process of product innovation via market driven product development workshops, implemented by international and Mexican design leaders
  • Quality assurance program
  • Training of local trainers,
  • Business and partnership development
  • Internships for young entrepreneurs
  • Store design and display overhaul
  • Links to tourism and Mexican upscale consumer markets
  • International buyer access program via buyer visits and trade show participation