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“Guatemala Hope” Mayan Textile Artisans Producing 10,000 Medical Masks a Day

“Guatemala Hope” Mayan Textile Artisans Producing 10,000 Medical Masks a Day

The country of Guatemala has closed its borders in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 virus. Guatemala relies heavily on the tourism industry; many areas of the country will suffer.

Guatemala, March 30, 2020: Beautiful Lake Atitlan, located in Guatemala’s southwest corner, is one of the premier tourist destinations; yet today it is a ghost town, cut off from the rest of the world.

With a long history of community service and community-based problem solving,  the Mayan Textile Weavers of the Lake Atitlan region have found a way to contribute to the health of others around the world and create an income stream for their communities, in particular for their neighbors who are lacking in basic food needs.

Lake Atitlan artisans are textile producers. Therefore, they looked for ways to use their skills to help their community and others elsewhere in the world in this challenging time. With the help of businesses around the world, our artisans are now producing high quality Medical Masks for sale. We are not looking for charity; we need work and a means to create income for the region.

The medical masks are produced using two-ply, natural cotton. Sold in packs of 100, 250, and 500, larger quantities are available. The masks cost $5.00 per piece including shipping to the US and Canada. Masks are shipped using the Ethical Fashion Guatemala DHL Global contract. Delivery to the United States and Canada is in three to four business days, worldwide in five to seven business days.

Masks are sold directly to hospitals and medical groups in need; there are no wholesalers or brokers.   To deepen the community impact of this endeavor, twenty cents (20₵) of every mask sold will be donated directly to Mayan Families, a 501©(3) non-profit organization that has worked in the Lake Atitlan region for 15 years. Donations will provide food support and ongoing malnutrition prevention and treatment to those in need in the region. www.MayanFamilies.Org

Masks can be purchased directly from the following websites:

Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a sustainable enterprise providing banking, credit card processing, and shipping services for Mayan Artisans in Guatemala. https://ethicalfashionguatemala.com/

Los Tarrales strongly supports local artisans and entrepreneurs in the area, which is why we have also decided to offer masks on our website. The need for masks worldwide is immense at this moment in time and we are proud to be part of this movement to provide masks that solve a problem and support local artisans around Lake Atitlan, where we call home. https://www.tarralesreserve.com/

Top of the Lake Coffee Roasters wholeheartedly supports small farm coffee producers, local artisans, and entrepreneurs in San Juan la Laguna and the greater Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. We are eager to collaborate with the Ethical Fashion Guatemala medical masks initiative because the masks will provide authentic work and crucially needed cash flow for the artisans who create them. https://www.topofthelakecoffee.com/

Heather McManus hmac4105@gmail.com 602-316-5251

Erin Mooney erin@mayanfamilies.org 707-832-6199

James Dillon ethicalfashionguatemala@gmail.com 502-4467-9981

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