PokoMaya is our name for a Pokomchí women’s artisan cooperative that has worked in conjunction with Hope of the Pokomchí (Asociación Sakombal Pokón – ASOSAP) informally for about five years in the region of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.
The goal of PokoMaya products is to provide a fair and consistent income for local artisan women while sharing the culture of the Pokomchí. The products are made from recycled materials such as soda can pull-tabs, as well as fabric used for their traditional blouses and skirts.
The logo of PokoMaya, the Monja Blanca, is the national flower of Guatemala, and can be found growing naturally in the Alta Verapaz the Pokomchí inhabit. For Guatemalans, the Monja Blanca represents peace, beauty, and art.
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can afford the things I need.
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because It has helped me feel
better about myself .
I want to keep learning … I
enjoy belonging to the group.
I would like to make and sell more
products to help my family income.
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Has helped me financially
through buying my products.
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my products. Has helped me
make ends meet financially.
I want to continue to improve
the quality of life of my family by
making and selling products.