Women's Group AZUCENA, San Martín, Guatemala
AZUCENA is made up of a group of 13 families in the remote area of San Martín. The collective produces animal feed from their corn harvest using the bicycle corn degrainer and mill. They also run a spanish literacy project for indigenous women in the community.
These women also use Back-Strap Loom Weaving as a means to create a stronger local economy. Weaving on a back strap loom is tedious work and individual pieces, depending upon complexity, may take several weeks or months with the weaver working a few hours everyday among her other household chores. Young girls start learning to weave from their mothers at about age seven.
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