HANDICRAFT

Berta needed to improve her skills in the production of Cobán, a very thin and light fabric. Now, thanks to the Association ATEDI, which is dedicated to pedal woven fabric, and the support of FUNDAP, she has become an expert. She is happy contributing to the better education of her children because of the increase of her income.

BERTA ELISA HERNÁNDEZ BATZ, ARTISAN WEAVER

WHO WE ARE

We are a FUNDAP program that was constituted in 1991, which seeks to strengthen the productive and business capacity of the artisanal and organized manufacturing sector that has a low level of competitiveness; through the formulation, negotiation, and execution of projects of productive economic development and links to opportunities of commercial support, with attachment to the respect for the dignity of the people. Its existence is justified because it is an important income activity for producers and their families and also contributes to the preservation of the identity and culture of the people.

WHAT WE DO

We support the development of producer organizations through services of: advice and accompaniment, productive technical assistance, business and commercial assistance, design and development of new product collections, strengthening of social organization and interpersonal, business, and productive training. All with the purpose of promoting the development of the artisanal sector.

HOW WE WORK

• Stimulating and favoring the social organization of producers as a means to achieve self-development.
• Strengthening the business self-management capacity of artisan and manufacturing producers.
• Improving productive capacity at the level of artisanal manufacturing organizations to increase their level of competitiveness.
• Achieving the diversification of product lines through constant innovation, to meet the needs of customers.
• Positioning the different products of the organizations in the national and international markets to generate employment and income.

The covered territory has an extension of 25,794 Km2 (16,027 square miles), which represents 23.67% of the national territory.

Results of 2019

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PEOPLE

were assisted through the Handicraft Program

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COLABORATORS

comprise the Handicraft Program team

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WAGES

generated

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ORGANIZATIONS

promote local development

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PEOPLE

took business management courses

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ARTISANS

received support for the promotion and marketing of their products

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ARTISANS

received productive technical assistance

OUR OFFICES

HANDICRAFT HEADQUARTERS

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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ACTIONS

Handicraft Program
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Comprehensive Education and Training
In this initiative, constant support is offered to the artisan beneficiary, in order to promote their personal and technical growth through activities such as: Leadership and Business Diplomas, seminars, educational tours, courses, classes, workshops, meetings, and congresses, all with a focus on business quality and personal development.
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Productive and Business Technical Assistance
In this initiative, the beneficiary is provided with comprehensive support through options such as Productive and Business Technical Assistance, Design and Development initiatives for new products, preparation of regulations, manuals, processes, and much more. This program provides a way for beneficiaries to continue growing in the world of crafts.
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Social Organization
This program provides training services and technical support for the restructuring of the social fabric. It is done through the constitution and legalization of community organizations, which promote development initiatives through activities with an artisanal production approach, in accordance with current legislation in Guatemala.
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Market Linkage
Artisan beneficiaries are supported with concrete actions that link them and facilitate access to the sellings market. Everything is carried out through activities such as: fairs, exhibitions, commercial tours, establishment of local squares or markets, business rounds, and new business contacts.
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Transfer of Appropriate Technologies
Provides advice and support to beneficiaries in the adaptation of appropriate production processes or models, through practices such as: weaving on a standing and backstrap loom, use of industrial or semi-industrial machines for textiles. This process is done while taking into account the raw materials, procedures, and equipment changes, depending on the case.

OUR OFFICES

HANDICRAFT HEADQUARTERS

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

  • Address: 8a. calle 25A-70, zona 3
  • Phone: (502) 7763-6131
  • Office hours: 8:00 – 18:00
  • Email: artesania@fundap.com.gt

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